I have been catching anime series with Piano related themes. The possible newer one owuld be ‘Nodame Cantabile’ whilst the other would be ‘Piano’ , a series which was aired back in 2002- 2003.
Probably one of the most famous pieces used in Nodame Cantabile would be Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13 ,titled “Pathétique”. I remembered getting hooked on this piece ever since I heard it when it was used as a background music in ‘Memories Off 2nd’. The 2nd Movement or ‘Adagio’ movement is the most memoriable for me.
The ‘Adagio’ movement starts off with a famous cantabile, with this theme being playing three times, interspersed with two modulating episodes and returning to the main theme, with a very much stronger accompaniment. The rest you’ll have to listen it yourself :) A very emotion provoking piece indeed.
Also, I have half-heartedly tried to learn the second movement back in the rainy days of december 2004 and gave up :/ It was tough, and still is. But I shall try again ^__^
Here’s a digitalized version for the first page of the second movement.
I found the digitalized of the whole score over at International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) , a public domain music score library. It provides a lot of classical scores.