Can you guess the music from the opening notes, from classical cartoonist Eugene Chan

28 May 2015, 15:51 | Updated: 6 January 2017, 14:45

Classical cartoonist and generally wonderful music geek Eugene Chan has created the ultimate quiz. Here it is, for your pianistic pondering and enjoyment. And be warned: some of the questions are pretty hard.

Eugene Chan has made his mark as an illustrator with delightfully simple cartoons about the life, and cringe-worthy musings of pianists and classical musicians. His work is shared widely on his Facebook page, often attracting attention from some of the biggest names in classical music.

In May, Eugene embarked on something different: a series of cartoons of opening chords in famous works of piano music, inviting his followers to guess the piece.

Take a look at his offerings below, and let us know how you got on in the comments below. We've given it a try, and there was quite a bit of head-scratching and running to the piano. Good luck!


Let's try this for now without spoiling the answer in the comments... just hit the Like button if you know it. :)One...

Posted by don't shoot the pianist on Saturday, 23 May 2015

No spoilers in the comments, please :)P.S. I quite enjoyed reading through - and guessing - the excerpts you all...

Posted by don't shoot the pianist on Sunday, 24 May 2015

(and just be warned, the answer is revealed below)

I guess it's technically not the *beginning* of the piece...[yesterday: Liszt - Transcendental Etude No. 4 in D minor 'Mazeppa']

Posted by don't shoot the pianist on Monday, 25 May 2015

[yesterday's answer: Beethoven - Piano Sonata in F minor 'Appassionata', Op. 57 - 3rd mvt.]

Posted by don't shoot the pianist on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Who's still with me?[yesterday: Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18]

Posted by don't shoot the pianist on Wednesday, 27 May 2015