Ma mère l’Oye is a suite of “cinq pièces enfantines” (five children’s pieces) by French composer Maurice Ravel. Ravel originally wrote Ma mère l’Oye as a piano duet for the Godebski children, Mimi and Jean, ages 6 and 7.
The Hungarian Dance No. 1 is the first of the 21 Hungarian Dances (German: Ungarische Tänze) composed by Johannes Brahms, based mostly on Hungarian themes and completed in 1869.
La Campanella (Italian for “The little bell”) is the nickname given to the third of Franz Liszt’s six Grandes études de Paganini. This piece is a revision of an earlier version from 1838, the Études d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini.
Clair de Lune (Moonlight) in D-Flat Major is the third and most famous movement from Claude Debussy’s Suite bergamasque. Its name comes from Verlaine’s poem “Clair de lune”, which means “moonlight” in French.
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor is the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by composer Franz Liszt, and is by far the most famous of the set. Liszt was strongly influenced by Hungarian folk music, with its unique gypsy scale.
Erlkönig (Elf King) is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It depicts the death of a child assailed by a supernatural being, the Erlkönig, often half-translated as Erlking, though the eponymous character is clearly some kind of demon.
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 3 in D Minor was written in Dresden and completed on September 23, 1909. The concerto was first performed on Sunday afternoon, November 28, 1909, by Sergei Rachmaninoff himself.
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, was composed between the autumn of 1900 and April 1901. The second and third movements were first performed with Sergei Rachmaninoff as soloist on 2 December 1900.
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 was written in 1795, then revised in 1800. The first performance took place on 18 December 1795 in Vienna with Ludwig van Beethoven himself as soloist.
Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 is the third piece of a series of eight for solo piano composed in 1827 by Franz Schubert. They were published in two sets of four impromptus each.