I would like to know if there is a way by which I can get more information on piano pieces. For example, information about the piece itself, what the composer tried to convey through it, the story behind the piece, etc. I feel this would be great to know before one learns to perform the piece, as it would help the person get a correct idea of what the composer intended to convey.

Are there any online websites where I could get this information from? Just merely typing the name of the piece doesn't always fetch the required results. Thanks.

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    This could also produce results on Music Fans site. – Tim Aug 27 '20 at 11:07
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    From my experience, getting more information about the piece itself is often trivial compared to the near-impossibility or actual impossibility of finding what the composer tried to convey through it or any further story behind the piece. For the occasional piece, it may even be easier to find an essay on the Internet entirely devoted to analyzing it than it is to find its historical context. – Dekkadeci Aug 27 '20 at 11:39
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    Strange as it may seem in this day & age, many composers did not blog about their pieces :P – Tetsujin Aug 27 '20 at 12:07
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    It sounds like the sort of thing that gets put into program notes. Biographies of composers are other possible sources. – Peter Aug 27 '20 at 13:39
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    I've often found Wikipedia my friend. For example Por Una Cabeza from the Trinity Grade 4 syllabus has its own page, with an original recording and the story around the song. If you find the story elsewhere it might be worth you writing up a page on Wikipedia for others to read. – Emma Aug 28 '20 at 14:37

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