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#2255786 - 04/02/14 05:40 AM New pieces to listen to
noobpianist90 Offline
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I'm looking broaden my range of classical music. I have listened to a lot of Chopin, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt and a bit of Ravel, Debussy and Schubert.

Any suggestions as to which pieces and which other composers I should start listening to?
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#2255815 - 04/02/14 07:49 AM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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How about trying Saint Saens' piano concertos (5 of them). Rachmaninov's preludes. Faure's music is highly under-rated - you could look into his Nocturnes and Barcarolles, as well as some shorter works such as the Romances sans paroles. Granados Spanish Dances are quite charming. Lots of Brahms to look into as well, including the Intermezzos. Happy listening!

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#2255816 - 04/02/14 07:52 AM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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Also Schumann and Mendelssohn.
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#2255821 - 04/02/14 08:09 AM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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Scriabin wrote a great deal of piano music. While some of the later stuff can be a bit "obtuse", the earlier Preludes Op. 11 are more accessible. I would recommend starting with them.
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#2255853 - 04/02/14 10:05 AM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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Also Tchaikovsky! Go to the Adult Beginner's Forum, there's a Tchaikovsky recital coming soon and a list of his piano works. I especially like March, June and October from 'The Seasons'. Also the violin concerto D major, and the 1812 overture.

John Field's Nocturnes are also very lovely (especially No.5 Bb major, No.10 E minor, No.12 G major).
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#2255871 - 04/02/14 11:06 AM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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Grieg - Lyric Pieces and Piano Concerto

Scarlatti - Sonatas

Haydn - Sonatas

Schumann - Piano Concerto, Carnaval, Toccata, Novelletten, Kinderszenen, Fantasie, Symphonic Etudes, Album for the Young, Papillons

Mendelssohn - Piano Concerti, Variations Serieuses, Songs Without Words, Rondo Capriccioso

Brahms - Piano Concerti, Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel, plus entire Opus 10, Opus 76, Opus 79, Opus 116, Opus 117, Opus 118, Opus 119 grin
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#2255892 - 04/02/14 12:15 PM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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Music written after 1925!!
Hold off on the mid-century atonal and avant garde stuff until you've listened to more that's in between what you're used to. Like some late Debussy, Prokofiev, Satie, Shostakovich, and early Schoenberg will help you understand what's going on in later Schoenberg. And the need at the time to escape certain perceived limitations on music will help you understand why Cage and Berio felt the need to do what they did. Only after that try people like Boulez and Ferneyhough.
Music from 1975 to the present is incredibly diverse. If you don't like one composer try someone else and it will probably be totally different in every way. Try Saariaho, Part, Gubaidulina, Birtwistle, Tabakova, Auerbach, Adams, Glass, Ades.
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#2255918 - 04/02/14 01:32 PM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: hreichgott]
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Originally Posted By: hreichgott
Music written after 1925!!

Yes! (Although I'll say the 20th century in general.)

Here are two examples of eye-opening 20th century music:

1. Try the opening statement (first 1.5 minutes) of this:




2. Bartok at his most heavy-metal and glorious:





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#2256114 - 04/02/14 07:18 PM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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Originally Posted By: noobpianist90

Any suggestions as to which pieces and which other composers I should start listening to?


Rather than suggesting specific pieces and composers, I would suggest listening to as many concerts on the BBC Radio 3 website as you can manage to find the time for. The range of music presented is broad, and it's a great way to get exposure to music you may not think to seek out otherwise.

Their "Composer of the Week" series can be useful, too.

They keep things online for a week, which makes it quite convenient to catch things.

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#2256155 - 04/02/14 09:52 PM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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Thanks for all the suggestions!
I have a lot of good music to look forward to smile
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#2256182 - 04/03/14 12:23 AM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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Have a look at my channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/MusicaFerrum

Lots of new stuff to explore and listen (and to follow the score as well).
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#2256206 - 04/03/14 04:22 AM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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The Irish station, RTE Lyric FM, has a very eclectic play-list. It's like Classic FM for people who are interested in music (rather than relaxing and simpering presenters).

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#2256232 - 04/03/14 07:29 AM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: noobpianist90]
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Originally Posted By: noobpianist90
I have listened to a lot of

Define "a lot".

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#2256257 - 04/03/14 09:02 AM Re: New pieces to listen to [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
Define "a lot".
By a lot I mean many of their works for piano (if not most) at least once, although I still haven't gone through Liszt's work thoroughly.
I have a large collection and I generally listen to music through the day.
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