Five famous piano pieces from movies and series you love.

With the Cannes Film Festival in full swing, we wanted to celebrate a few popular tunes that you can learn to play on Skoove.  Whether you’re just beginning with us or further along, we know you will enjoy delving into famous film music featuring the piano and sharing it with the film buffs in your life.


“Comptine d’un autre été” in Amélie


If you haven’t yet seen the charming French flick “Amélie”, now would be a good time to stop missing out. The movie explores the intricacies of French culture in a magical way, which is further brought to life by the excellent soundtrack. “Comptine d’un autre été” may already sound familiar to you. That’s because the musical motif made from six notes will stick in your head for hours after you have finished watching the film The best part is that you never have to stop reveling in the graceful contours of this tune. Learn how to play it on the piano to embed Amelie’s whimsical environment permanently in your home.


“Mad World” in Donnie Darko


You may recognize the haunting melody of “Mad World” from the psychological drama Donnie Darko.  Even if you haven’t yet seen this classic film, you may recognize the theme song’s introduction. Many legends from Tears for Fears to Gary Jules have taken a turn at this song, but its simple yet subtle transitions between major and minor keys are the pinnacle of every version. “Mad World” has piano at its front and center, so you can join the set of talented musicians before you in crafting your own take on it. It will surely impress your friends at the next movie night.


“Peer Gynt” in Inspector Gadget


Nothing complements Inspector Gadget’s precarious case drama better than Grieg’s “Peer Gynt.”  This classic piece is a favorite of orchestras all around the world. However, it can also be played on the piano. You don’t have to be a master detective to learn this impish melody for yourself and see how mastering even the most famous of classical melodies is possible.  The repetitive rhythm paired with a curious transition through different tonal structures makes “Peer Gynt” a challenging and worthwhile exercise.


“Angels” in Gossip Girl


Chuck and Blair’s twisted romance, central to the plot of the hit television Gossip Girl, could never cease to pull all your heartstrings. The producers’ choice to pair the apex of their Season 6 drama with “Angels” by the XX made sure of that.  The XX is known for their lo fi sounds and rhythms that somehow grip an audience’s attention tighter than a fast-paced ditty ever could. After some diligent practice, no Upper East Sider will be surprised to spot you recreating this poignant melody in your own space.


“Every Breath You Take” in Stranger Things


It’s been a long year and a half waiting for the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things.  Whether you’re impatiently waiting to see if Hopper and Joyce will or won’t or hopelessly wondering if Will’s stint with possession is truly over, you’re most likely stuck on the heartwarming last scene from Season Two at the Snow Ball. Learn to play “Every Breath You Take” by The Police to relive Mike and Eleven’s romantic dance and impress your friends at the Season 3 kick-off party you’re inevitably hosting this summer.