ABRSM Piano Grade 8 Materials | Pieces

ABRSM Grade 8 - Learn & Expand Repertoire


The music on this page includes repertoire which is suitable for piano grade 8 level. Many of the pieces in these books are not just well-known great music, engrossing to discover and play, but are also very useful with regards to advanced skill development when compiled systematically with individual specifics taken into consideration. The time span of compositions covers all centuries during which the piano and its keyboard predecessors existed in the piano music world. Grade 8 repertoire moves into the realm of the standard classical canon of musical works - it is really the beginning of musical discoveries.

"Do not aim for mere dexterity, or the so-called 'bravura'. Try to recreate the spirit intended by the composer, nothing more; anything else is a caricature. All mechanical brilliance fades over time; technical skill is of value only when it serves a higher purpose."
Robert Schumann

2021 - 2022 ABRSM Piano Syllabus Grade 8 - Alternative Recordings

A1: J. S. Bach Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906

Evgeni Koroliov, piano

José Iturbi, piano

Wanda Landowska, harpsichord

Alicia de Larrocha, piano

Glenn Gould, piano

Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord

Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord

Jean Louis Steuermann, piano

Karl Richter, harpsichord

György Sandor, piano (1950)

Jacques Loussier, Jazz trio transcription

Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord

Harriet Cohen plays Bach's Fantasia in c minor BWV 906 transcribed by Egon Petri

Martin Stadtfeld, piano

Peter Watchhorn, harpsichord

B3: Francis Poulenc Novelette in E minor, sur un thème de Manuel de Falla

From Paul Crossley Plays Poulenc - Complete Works for Piano, 1989

Gabriel Tacchino Poulenc: Piano Melodies

C6: Debussy Rêverie

Claude Debussy plays Debussy (piano rolls 1904-1913)
Clair de Lune, Préludes, Images, Estampes, Arabesques, Rêverie

Samson Francois plays Debussy Rêverie

Debussy Rêverie, L. 68
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Claude Debussy Rêverie, L.68
Pascal Rogé, piano

Django Reinhardt - Arrangement of Debussy's Reverie (1950)
Django Reinhardt et le Quintette du Hot Club de France
André Ekyan (as, cl);
Raph Schécroun (p);
Django Reinhardt (g solo);
Alf. Masselier (b);
Roger Paraboschi (dm)

Claude Debussy Rêverie, L. 68 (1996)
Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Debussy Reverie (1939)
Harold Bauer, piano