This Page contains a wealth of music for you to enjoy in a range of styles. Check the different sections below for original compositions, demonstration performances of popular piano pieces you might want to learn or simply enjoy, and links to YouTube videos of amazing music from around the world!
There's something here for everyone, so happy exploring!
Also explore the full piano archive page where you can hear a wide range of piano pieces that Andrew teaches and performs, as well as his recordings of pieces on the harpsichord and early fortepiano models.
Music of the Years: 1888
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) was a Russian composer and leading member of a group called "The Mighty Handful" or "The Five", who believed in developing a nationalistic style of music that included folk song and lore, and eschewed traditional Germanic composition practices in favour of "orientalism".
Perhaps the greatest of all Rimsky-Korsakov's works is his symphonic suite "Scheherezade", composed in 1888 and based around the stories of the "Arabian Nights". The music combines an interest in the East with highly colourful orchestration.
Here's a great recording of the first movement, which gives a good sense of the flavour of this great work:
Music of the Years: 1887
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was one of the leading French composers of the later Romantic Era, and his musical style exerted a huge influence on the future development of the French style.
His Pavane in F sharp minor Op.50 is one of his best loved compositions, instantly recognised around the world from its regular use in films and TV commercials. Originally composed as a piano piece, it is more often heard in the later orchestral version (sometimes with chorus as well). It obtains its name from the Spanish courtly dance that its rhythm is based on.
The Pianoteq 4 models of historical instruments give us a chance to hear music from the Baroque and Classical Eras as they sounded on instruments of that time.
Here is a recording of Mozart's famous Sonata in C major K.545 using a piano modelled after a Conrad Graf instrument dating from 1826 and provided by a museum in Austria...
The sound is very different from a modern piano, requiring a different approach to dynamics and interpretation...
The Piano Cloud Group
The Piano Cloud is an informal online network of friends from around the world who are pianists, creative musicians and composers.
Started by Andrew Eales in October 2011, the group currently has around 700 members in its SoundCloud group, who between them have posted more than 2,500 original pieces.
Each week the best hour of new music submitted is collected into a set list of pieces that provide the perfect soundtrack for a relaxing weekend right here...