10 SMASH HITS from the 1700s

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Learn these 10 amazing pieces from 1700-1799 on piano with this video! Please enjoy!

You’ve heard the 10 SMASH HITS from the 1600s, but what about the following century? These incredible classical pieces from the 1700s are still performed to this day, with many of them remaining a staple of pop culture. The stories behind these pieces are sometimes on the verge of disbelief: did the Devil come to Tartini in a dream and play a piece for him that he would frantically try to write down, only to be disappointed in his recreation? Did King George really stand in Handel’s Messiah during the chorus of Hallelujah, or was it just him needing to stretch?

If you haven’t heard much music from the Classical period and want to start, these ten pieces, transcribed here for piano, could be a fantastic sampler for you to expand your musical palette! We know you’ll just LOVE these smash hits because they are the best classical pieces, so let us know which ones you knew, and which ones you like the most!

Arranged by Andrew Wrangell
Edited by Samuel Dickenson

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1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
2. George Frideric Handel – Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
3. Joseph Haydn – Deutschlandlied
4. Johann Sebastian Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
5. Christoph Willibald Gluck – Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orpheus and Euridice
6. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Solfegietto
7. Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in B minor K.27
8. Arcangelo Corelli – 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6
9. Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
10. Giuseppe Tartini – Devil’s Trill Sonata

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