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Brilliant Piano Music Written Since 1910 #1394178 03/12/10 03:42 AM
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This thread is to celebrate the brilliant music written for piano in the last 100 years. Share the pieces you love, the pieces you'd love to able to play, the pieces you plan to learn. Share your ideas about what the 20th and now 21st century have delivered in terms of positive pianistic value, and what things we now do on the piano (that we love) that pianists weren't doing 101 years ago!


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Re: Brilliant Piano Music Written Since 1910 [Re: Elissa Milne] #1394194 03/12/10 05:05 AM
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Bravo Elissa! Awesome thread!


There we go (I think I've almost overposted this video, but it's fantastic):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtE0Y7wUfCQ


Here's some Crumb:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLfQK8rxFZc


A Greek composer (my former teacher in composition and theoritical studies) and his lovely intermezzo for solo piano (you would have to search through his pieces in myspace; no youtube video):
http://www.myspace.com/christosanastassioucontemp


Schnittke Concerto for piano and strings. He's using triadic chords, Cm then B, etc... in variations. I don't think by any means that this is 'bad' music!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9DEfeU1lis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFZZw368lw4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=487594W0dq4


More to come I hope! smile

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Do Earl Wild's transcriptions count?

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Fabulous start! I must confess I'm about to head off to an Australian bedtime, but I'm really looking forward to seeing the brilliant music we can all share with each other!

(And I also confess, I'm so looking forward to learning a lot from this thread too!)


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Re: Brilliant Piano Music Written Since 1910 [Re: tuner2] #1394203 03/12/10 06:22 AM
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Re: Brilliant Piano Music Written Since 1910 [Re: beeboss] #1394205 03/12/10 06:28 AM
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Re: Brilliant Piano Music Written Since 1910 [Re: tuner2] #1394206 03/12/10 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by tuner2
Do Earl Wild's transcriptions count?

Sure. If it's a transcription of something composed after 1910.

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Re: Brilliant Piano Music Written Since 1910 [Re: Phlebas] #1394215 03/12/10 07:25 AM
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Bartók's piano concerti !

Here's Cziffra playing the second movement of the second concerto:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0brXOP_0D8

And here Barenboim playing (Boulez conducting) the first of the first concerto:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBPHxppEoI4


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.. it seems to me that the inherent nature [of the piano tone] becomes really expressive only by means of the present tendency to use the piano as a percussion instrument - Béla Bartók, early 1927.
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Kapustin!

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Some favorites from each decade:

1900s - Berg Sonata http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WZf9VbPKsM
1910s - Ravel Tombeau http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbX6NFTyjZw
1920s - Bartok Out of Doors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUuIc_Tj1mA
1930s - Shostakovich Preludes, Op. 34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=583M3fWme6A
1940s - Kabalevsky Sonata #3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANvOiHM5QjU
1950s - Ginastera Sonata #1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgWmkyAKhLs
1960s - Albright The Dream Rags http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjGBIYLDQqQ
1970's - Dutilleux Preludes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Othqh_r1ZD4
1980's - Crumb A Little Suite for Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT-SRidI84s
1990's - Berio 6 Encores (Brin) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZSypfe6P18


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Norman Dello Joio's piano music is great. The third sonata is pretty well-known, and justifiably so. He also wrote quite a lot for beginning and intermediate players.

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Ernesto Nazareth's music is wonderful. He kind of bridges the gap for 19th - 20th century music with all the 200+ pieces of music taken from his native Brazil, utilizing styles from Europe, Africa, and Ragtime.

He wrote over 200 pieces comprised of tangos, waltzes, sambas, polkas, galops, fox-trots, etc.

Arturo Lima plays his music with such energy.

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Re: Brilliant Piano Music Written Since 1910 [Re: Inlanding] #1394350 03/12/10 12:26 PM
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Well... how about Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Medtner... just for starters smile


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Re: Brilliant Piano Music Written Since 1910 [Re: Vica] #1394366 03/12/10 12:51 PM
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Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett. Britten didn't write much for solo piano, but he was a brilliant pianist, and wrote brilliantly for the piano. Aside from the two pieces for piano and orchestra (the Concerto and "Diversions"), listen to the piano parts of his songs. (He was also one of the great song-writers of the 20th century.)

Tippett wrote three (or is it four?) sonatas that are very fine, as well as a piano concerto.

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I'm always a little surprised to hear that several important American composers are relatively unfamiliar outside the states (and within the states as well, although many were very well known and highly regarded in their day): Barber, Crumb, Liebermann, Muczynski, Sessions, Kirchner, Bolcom, Adams, Rochberg and Copland to name a few.


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I believe that the brilliant work of Brazil's Egberto Gismonti should be included, as well.

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Carolina Shout is possibly the most important piece of piano music written in the past century, since it inspired so many other important pianists.


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I don't have much time ATM so I'm going to only post one, but I will post many more later http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN0xQL4JhEY&feature=related


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A shout-out to the 100 Transcendental Etudes of Sorabji. Beautiful and wild. Tonal but untamed.

I'm into analogies these days, so let me try: Sorabji:Scriabin::Reger:Brahms. (i.e. Sorabji is sometimes like a wilder, more harmonically uncentered Scriabin, as if that were really possible! Etude 4 is actually marked "Scriabinesco".)






Beethoven op.110, Chopin op.27/2, Liszt Vallée d'Obermann
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