Piano Syllabus

Piano Syllabus is a catalogue of piano music, graded by various music examination boards around the world, with Youtube links and other details thrown in for good measure. There's currently over 13,000 entries in the database.

To get started, type a few letters of a composer's name into the Composer box and hit the submit button. Typing 'kabal' into the box will yield around 200 entries for Kabalevsky. If there are more than 200 hits (e.g. Beethoven, Chopin) the results won't be displayed - you'll have to refine the search by using the other fields. e.g. typing 'cho' into the Composer box and 'pre' into the Title box will yield a smaller number of Chopin preludes.

Note that using a composer's name isn't mandatory. Entering '6' into grade won't display any results as there are more than 200 hits, but adding 'pre' in the Title box will show all grade 6 preludes from all composers.

The best way to search is by using all or part of the composer's surname, then an ID number as discussed below.

ID Field
The ID field is generally derived from Opus numbers. For example, Beethoven's Sonata in F major Op. 10 No 2 has an ID of 10.02, whereas the 1st movement of that piece is 10.02.01.

A specific index is used for a number of composers, e.g. Mozart, where the Kochel 'K' number is used rather than Opus numbers. Other examples are as follows:

Composer Index
Bach, C.P.E. H (per E. Eugene Helm) reference no.
Bach, J.S. BWV (Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis) reference no.
Bartok, B. BB (per Laszl Somfai) reference no.
Chopin, F. Opus no., or CT no. if Opus is n/a
Debussy, C. L (per Francois Lesure) reference no.
Haydn, J. Translate the roman no. into arabic (XVI/9 = 16.09)
Liszt, F. S (per Humphrey Searle) reference no.
Mozart, W. K (per Ludwig von Kochel) reference no.
Scarlatti, D. K (per Ralph Kirkpatrick) reference no.
Schubert, F. D (per Otto Erich Deutsch) reference no.

Grades and ratings
Grades are drawn from the specific syllabus relating to each entry, while the 0 - 10 rating is an attempt to establish a consensus level of difficulty for each piece, regardless of which syllabus they are drawn from.

The catalogue is drawn from the following syllabuses. Note that where pieces are repeated from one years syllabus to the next they are not repeated in the catalogue unless the grading has been changed.

ABRSM (Assoc. Board of the Royal Schools of Music) AGME (Australian Guild of Music Education) AMEB (Australian Music Education Board) NZMEB (New Zealand Music Education Board ) Piano St (Piano Street website) RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) RIAM (Royal Irish Academy of Music) Trinity College London