Play It, Sam: Relax to the Soothing Sound of Piano Music [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 11-08-2014

Sam’s original piano from the film Casablanca will go up for auction in New York in November. Two years ago, another piano from the film was sold for over $600k. The auction house expects Rick’s piano to sell for over a million. And that won’t include the pianist!


If this doesn’t seem worth the investment, we suggest sampling contemporary piano music for free. Scroll down for the playlist or stream and download any of the albums directly from Bandcamp.

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Genre: ambient, electronic, classical, piano

Dexter Britain, whom my colleague Erez interviewed last year You've Heard This Man's Music Before, You Just Don't Know It: Interviewing Dexter Britain Soundtrack composer and multi-disciplined creative director. Read an interesting interview and meet the the man behind the music you might have listened to, but just didn't know. Read More , is a composer of contemporary classical soundtrack music. He’s been playing the piano since he was a small kid. For a long time, he struggled turning his passion into a career. After trying for seven years, he finally decided to give away his music for free. This turned out to be his breakthrough and you most certainly have heard one of his tracks in a commercial, movie, or here on Sound Sunday.


Genre: acoustic, piano, post-metal, post-hardcore


Circles is a collection of piano covers, including ideas and improvisations. Recorded directly from an acoustic piano 13 Free Contemporary Classical Music Albums To Download [Sound Sunday] Sound Sunday features free music downloads from independent artists. In this edition, the spotlight is on contemporary classical music. It's all you'd expect, yet filled with surprises. Give it a spin! Read More , the sound quality might not be pristine, but it’s authentic.


Genre: classical, piano

A collection of original piano pieces and piano covers, inspired by the sea.

Genre: classical, prelude, piano


Short instrumentals Kick Back With Instrumental Chillout & Lounge Music [Sound Sunday] Music and light can really change the atmosphere of a room. Here are free music downloads to add a chilled lounge vibe to your place. Read More for fans of Chopin and Mendelssohn.

Genre: classical, piano, solo

Sacha Menny is a French pianist and composer. Dans La Forêt (In The Forest) contains new compositions for the piano.


Genre: ambient, electronic, neoclassical, orchestral, piano, idm, post-rock


From the depths of the Russian Federation, Alexander DeLarge mixes the beauty of neoclassical music with electronics and post-rock Rock Your Road Trip With Free Music Downloads [Sound Sunday] Road trips are not the same without music. You know how radio stations blast the same songs over and over again, spiced up with news and commercials? Rather bring your own mix. Read More .


Genre: electronic, classical, piano, pop, dance

Pelle’s father was recently diagnosed with high-risk MDS, a rare form of blood cancer (also called pre-leukemia). All songs on this album are inspired by her father’s diagnosis, and how it has affected her and her family. The album is “Pay What You Wish,” with all proceeds of album sales going to the MDS Foundation and MDS research.
Source: Bandcamp


Genre: acoustic, electronic, lounge, relaxing, piano


I tried to make this album as diverse as possible, integrating an electronic soundtrack alongside solo piano and accompanied piano pieces. From the Irish ‘Temple Bar’ to the industrial ‘Grit’ I have tried to apply what I have learnt ever since I first started recording music to create a dynamic and interesting soundscape. Just like a Picasso painting, I feel that the album has a lot of unexpected twists and turns with an underlying raw sense of passion and emotion. Some tracks are deliberately quite raw (‘Those Simple Moments’), whereas others I pushed myself to make them as polished as possible (‘Deprived of You’). I really hope you enjoy the album, and please share if you do, because it’d mean a lot to me! Thank you.
Source: Bandcamp


Genre: classical, piano, soundtrack

The Buffalo Press described his performances as “literally magical”. Originally from Poland, Igor Lipinski received the Grand Prix Award at the Paderewski Competition for Young Pianists in Kasna Dolna, Poland at the age of 12. He made his American orchestra debut performing Paderewski Piano Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Letters features 11 original compositions for piano solo.
Source: Homepage


Genre: ambient, idm, atmospheric, shoegaze, piano

These songs are in part inspired by Tristan Da Cunha, the most remote inhabited island in the world. It can only be reached by a seven day boat journey. I find the idea of peace and quiet and isolation appealing but this place goes beyond anything you can imagine – a tiny volcanic island Free Music From Iceland, The Land That Inspired Tolkien [Sound Sunday] Iceland is the magical island that inspired Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. It has a rich and highly diverse music scene. This edition of Sound Sunday contains free downloads from 15 artists and many genres. Read More thousands of miles from anything… anything!
Source: Bandcamp

The Playlist

The playlist is the best way to sample the music featured in this edition of Sound Sunday. It contains one song per album and you can finish listening to it while reading and downloading the rest of the article.

Do You Love The Piano?

Feel free to play it again and do tell us what your favorite albums are!

Post your thoughts and requests in the comments, add music to the Sound Sunday Suggestions playlist on minilogs, get in touch with me @TinaSieber on Twitter, or email tina at this domain.

Image credit: Piano Keys by Elliott Billings via Flickr

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  1. Nahla D
    August 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

    It’s nice to see the varying music you feature here in Sound Sunday. I’m downloading the stuff here. Thanks for the rec! I personally love listening to Joe Hisaishi’s Piano Stories albums. Great stuff. Highly recommended!