Piano Music Database

Browse PMD’s organized collections of work listings

Looking for a composer? A compilation? Here are some helpful shortcuts to specific types of content:

Works

Works are separate, individual pieces that stand alone or movements of larger pieces called sets. Works are the most fundamental collection in the database because they are the building blocks to most of other collections and represent the bulk of the database. Piano Music Database provides helpful information about the technical, musical and reading elements that make up each work as well as its level.

Works

Composers

Find out more about the composers listed in our database, like country of birth, era, etc. Each composer entry contains links to all of the music in our database by that composer.

Composers

Levels

The leveling system at Piano Music Database is based on indexing leveled elements, the building blocks of piano music. Elements are small pedagogical concepts within piano works that define its sound, meaning, difficulty and mood. In the Piano Music Database, elements are assigned a level from 1 to 8 based on their difficulty. The overall difficulty of the combined elements determines the level of piano music.

Levels

Compilations

A compilation differs from a set in that they are collections of works by many composers that are edited into a single publication. Master Work Classics Volume 3 is an example of a compilation.

Individual works are often compiled and published together by editors and publishers into anthologies that cover multiple styles, time periods or levels. These are referred to as “Compilations” in the database. Compilations will have editors, responsible for compiling the works, and they will usually not have their own works in the compilation. All compilation entries will have the works listings and links to them, as well as the approximate leveling for the music in the compilation as a whole.

Compilations

Sets

These are large, published works by composers that contain several individual works inside them. For example Robert Schumann’s Album for the Young, Op. 68 is a set of smaller pieces composed and published together. Some examples are: sonatas, suites, collections of preludes, etudes or dances. Sets must be published with at least two movements, or pieces. Those individual movements and pieces are considered works in Piano Music Database. When visiting a Set entry, you can also see each individual work inside the larger work and be linked directly to each piece.

Sets

Series

A Series is a collection of compilations. They will usually contain several volumes (which are listed as compilations in the database). The Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Seriesis a series.

Series

Methods

This category contains individual method books for popular piano methods. The overarching methods (all of Piano Adventures, for example) are labelled as Series. For example, The Music Tree is a series, while Time To Begin is a method.

Methods

Publishers

Publishers are listed alongside their publications in our database which are usually Sets, Series, Compilations, and Methods though for music not in the public domain, publishers for individual works will also be listed.

Publishers

Authors

Authors are listed for Methods only.

Authors

Editors

Each Compilation, Series and some Methods will have Editors. The entries will contain information about the editors and link to all of our entries of their edited works in our database.

Editors