Fred Barclay wrote:I've been playing piano for most of my life. My favourite songs are classically-themed works - for instance, a work by Beethoven or a good movie soundtrack. I just prefer songs that can stand on their own and carry quite a bit of emotion, rather than ones that require a drummer, guitars, and some semi-screaming singers.
Because is possibly the best known composer by people that aren't enthusiasts when it comes to music by that era I've noticed a lot of people educated in music don't think much of Beethoven but he was incredible. Relevant to you liking standalone piano pieces, "Moonlight Sonata" is one of the most interesting musical pieces of any type. I'm not a good keyboardist at all but chose to learn about half of that piece. It sounds so simple to people that have never tried playing a keyboard or piano but it is pretty complex when you actually try to play it. Then the story behind it is also interesting and explains why it is so morose compared to his other works.
Other than a general interest in music when asked about hobbies I always think of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeWgnPeZES8