D-flat Major, with its key signature of five flats, is not the easiest for string players especially, but there’s something about it that piano players can sink their teeth (and fingers) into. Some of the most memorable, lush, and romantic music has used D-flat (even when the entire piece is technically in another key.) Here’s a sampling of some of those memorable themes.

You can see the pieces in order by clicking and scrolling over the blank space below:

  1. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
  2. Chopin: “Raindrop” Prelude
  3. Khachaturian: Adagio from Spartacus
  4. Debussy: Clair de Lune
  5. Beethoven: “Piano Sonata No. 23, Appassionata” mvt. 2
  6. Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine
  7. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1
  8. Mahler: Symphony No. 9, mvt. 4
  9. Bruckner: Symphony No. 8, mvt. 3
  10. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (variation 18)