This is the song that inspired the title of my new book! And it is one of my all-time favourite pieces of music. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have heard this song (and its accompanying lullaby) while driving or walking somewhere, or even whilst doing my morning exercises. And each time I hear it, I am overcome with emotion, wishing I could freeze this moment in time and share it with my loved ones.
But if you are looking to play this beautiful song on a piano, you have come to the right place! In this blog post, I will teach you how to play Bella’s Lullaby on a piano. It’s easier than you think!
The Most Iconic Piano From Film And Literature
If you are unfamiliar, the piano is one of the most iconic instruments in film and literature. It can be traced back to the late 1700s when Ludwig van Beethoven created the first-ever commercially successful piano. Since then, the instrument has been featured heavily in films and songs, often signifying a feeling or moment of joy or sorrow.
For instance, the 1995 film Braveheart features music by Ludwig van Beethoven and features the iconic piano on its cover, as do many of its songs. Other movies that feature the piano include: Pocahontas (1995), Lady In Grey (2015), and The Piano (2001). Many songs written for films and musicals are even considered classics, such as:
- Pocahontas (1995)
- My Beautiful World (2006)
- The End of the Movie (2002)
- Sunshine (2004)
- The Way You Look Now (2011)
- Gloria (2011)
- Moulin Rouge! (2012)
Many celebrities have been seen with a piano in the background, some even playing it themselves. This includes:
- Olivia Newton-John – The Greek Passion (1975)
- Michael Jackson – Dirty Poetry (1974)
- Ludwig van Beethoven – The Barber of Seville (2008)
- Elton John – The Lion King (1994)
- Elle MacLeman – Shine (1996)
- Ella Hicks – Shine (1996)
How To Practice
You must practice to become great at anything. No matter whether you are playing an instrument such as the piano or a guitar, or singing or songwriting, you must put in the hours to get good at it. With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to practice playing Bella’s Lullaby on a piano:
- Find a quiet place to practice – I know, I know – it sounds simple enough, yet so many people go through life without ever finding the time to practice. It’s sad to say, but the truth is, if you want to get good at playing the piano, you have to make time for it. I usually find a quiet place in the house, far away from my usual practice space, to practice on. It might be a room above a garage or storage area, or even the attic. The point is, make sure there is no one nearby who could judge you.
- Set Up A Routine – This is really important if you want to become an accomplished pianist. You need to find a time each week that you practice. I know, I know – it sounds easy enough, yet so many people go through life without ever establishing a routine. Like I said, if you want to get good at playing the piano, you have to make time for it. Like most things in life, practicing the piano is easier said than done. But once you have established a routine, it becomes second nature to continue practicing without even thinking about it. If you want to learn more, there are several piano motivation apps available on the market. One of the best is:
- Pianoteq – This app allows you to play music using only your voice and the piano. It’s great for those who can’t read music or who want to be able to play anything they hear without having to look at the keyboard. Pianoteq can also be used for those who want to learn how to play the piano but don’t have one nearby. It’s a fantastic resource for anyone.
Key Facts About The Song
If you want to play Bella’s Lullaby on a piano, here are some key facts about the song:
- It’s composed by Ludwig van Beethoven.
- It was first performed in 1812.
- It was originally intended for a one-year-old little girl named Francesca. She didn’t grow up to be a great pianist, but she did end up marrying Beethoven.
- The song’s title, Bella’s Lullaby, is a reference to Francesca’s daughter, the great German composer, Beethoven’s, only child, named after her. He named her after the Roman Goddess of Beauty, who was also represented by the color purple.
- It was later adopted by Queen Victoria of Great Britain, who had heard Francesca play and was so impressed, she declared the young pianist as her official court composer.
- There is a popular theory that suggests Beethoven wrote this masterpiece specifically for a sixteen-year-old girl named Jenny. If this is the case, then he must have been an amazing man, because she did grow up to be quite the beautiful young woman.