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, 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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 thousands of miles from anything… anything!
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.
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Image credit: Piano Keys by Elliott Billings via Flickr