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The piano repertoire is the set of all pieces of music written for one or more pianists, performed on one or more pianos, with or without other instruments. Specific categories of the piano repertoire can be referred to as, for example, solo piano repertoire (one player at one piano), piano duet repertoire (two players at one piano), or piano chamber repertoire (piano or pianos with one or more other instruments; may also be used to refer to the piano duet repertoire). In another sense of the term, piano repertoire can refer to all music for the instrument that a pianist is prepared to and habitually plays in public performance.
Piano repertoire has been around since the invention and mastering of pianos, yet it is nearly impossible for any one musician to absolutely master the entire piano repertoire, for the piano has the largest (and growing) repertoire dedicated to it, save for that of the human voice. Recorded repertoires for the piano have been written by hundreds of pianists worldwide, from the 18th century, when the piano was invented up until today, where pianists are still working hard to complete their repertoires. Pianists and composers come from all across the world when it comes to creating their repertoires.
Piano repertoires play a major role in nearly all music and a lead role in Western music collections: classical music, jazz, and many other forms of Western music styles. Having knowledge of piano skills and being able to incorporate them with other types of music is an essential literacy of music.
|Bach, Johann Sebastian||1685–1750|
|Beethoven, Ludwig van||1770–1827|
|Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus||1756–1791|
|Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich||1840–1893|