Some of the Finest Piano Music You Can Find

A Decorated Piano

A painted piano on Denver's 16th Street Mall for public use.
A painted piano on Denver's 16th Street Mall for public use.

Finding Great Piano Music

Finding great music is serendipity at its best. Who does not feel it's varying effects?

'Music soothes the savage beast' is an updated phrase from The Mourning Bride, a play from 1697. Interestingly, times do not seem to change all that much with respect to mood.

Music can enhance more than just a soothing mood. It can also rev up a person (good for undertaking mundane chores), cause people to go berserk (as has happened at some heavy metal concerts) or just provide a nice background feeling with the one you love (or hope to love).

My preference in music also contains "dynamics" which means the piece changes tempo, amplitude, theme and other aspects too many for me to list. The piano is an ideal instrument for causing one to pause and think about what the composer was imagining.

This article moves from relatively unknown pianist/composers to better known and finally to the highly commercial.

The following piece is of a Denver band called "Umphrey's McGee" whose keyboardist is or was Joel Cummins. It is performed for the public on the 16th Street Mall on a piano put there by the city for public enjoyment.

Umphrey's McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins

Jon Schmidt, Upcoming Composer

My next clip is from Jon Schmidt, who I have not much familiarity, but ran across a wonderful piano YouTube which I hope that you will enjoy. He has a web site that you can google.

Jon Schmidt: All of Me

To Wrap Up

Dear friends,

If you like the musical selections and skill of the artists presented, please put in a comment. Are we not here all to follow our joy? My writing joy is my writing which is funded by your interest, not by you directly.

Here is the Denver 16th St Mall article I wrote, which includes pianos, painted cows and other interesting items.

Laura in Denver

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Comments 12 comments

Robin 5 years ago

I love those pianos on 16th street mall. You see so many talented people playing them. I hope they put something on them to protect them from the weather. Do you think someone comes around and tunes them occasionally?


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Cool Hub - I love music and this hub ;0)

Manthy


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Laura in Denver 5 years ago from Aurora Author

Robin, the pianos do get maintenence and they are covered at night also.

I believe the pianos were donated and some work better than others. The local musician, Joel Cummins, found one in excellent condition.

Others have sticking keys or other problems.

I do not believe there is help for the pianos when it rains during the day (which is rare here anyway).In addition savvy players always close the lid over the keys,

but people ignorant about the importance of this do not.

Thanks for your comment, Robin!


Orest S. 5 years ago

These clips were Great!!!! Now if only I can learn to play like that, Imagine


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John Lakewood 5 years ago from Lakewood, CO

There were many more of them before, or was that my imagination? Some of them may have completely fallen out of condition and taken away.


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Bella DonnaDonna 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

You should come to Nawleans for great piano music. I'd like to go to Denver, but not in wintertime.


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora Author

Sadly, many a fine orchestra or musician is considered to expensive compared to elevator music.


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora Author

Hopefully we have only a few weeks to go with winter. I, as a non-skier, am sick of it!


margaret 4 years ago

I liked all your selections. Thank you!


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora Author

Thx. Very spooky, that Harry Potter one!


Martha 4 years ago

Very nice selection with diverse music. Music IS good for the soul. Always appreciated.


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora Author

Wonder to see the up and coming musicians anywhere. You can tell by their expression how dedicated they are!

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