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#2315464 - 08/14/14 12:00 PM Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list?  
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I've looked on here and haven't seen one. I'm building my sheet/book music library, and would be interested in seeing what others suggest are "just have" selections.

And I'm loving my new M&H AA...delivered to me six days ago!

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#2315472 - 08/14/14 12:26 PM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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I'll give you a few suggestions:
Bach:
The complete WTC
The Goldberg Variations
The French Suites
The English Suites

Mozart:
The complete piano sonatas

Beethoven:
The complete piano sonatas

Schubert:
The complete moments musicaux and impromptus
The four last sonatas (or the Complete sonatas)

Chopin:
Complete nocturnes waltzes and mazurkas

Brahms:
Complete Klavierstücke

Schumann:
Anything of his you can feasibly play

Liszt:
Complete Annees de Pelerinage

Debussy:
Any nice collection of his pieces (Dover has nice one)
Complete Preludes

Rachmaninoff:
Complete Preludes

Macdowell:
New England Idylls



All of these can be found at reasonable prices in Schirmer or Dover editions. If you're looking for editions to seriously study from, then the prices escalate very quickly.

Best of luck!

*edited to add Debussy

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#2315483 - 08/14/14 12:56 PM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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To add to the above:

Bach - 2 & 3 Part Inventions

Handel - Keyboard Suites

Haydn - Sonatas

Chopin - Etudes Op 10, Op 25, Preludes Op 28

Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words

Grieg - Lyric Pieces


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#2315487 - 08/14/14 01:04 PM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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I don't think there's really a "must have", if you're playing for yourself, at least. As for staple repertoire, I'd say it's been mostly covered above.
I would add:
Scarlatti - Select Sonatas.
Liszt - Select other pieces (Trois Études de Concert, Consolations, Liebestraumes, or some easier works like Nuages Gris for example)
Chopin - Ballades
Beethoven - Again, select other pieces that are well known. Diabelli Variations, Minuets.
Albeniz - Iberia
Debussy - Images, Suite Bergamesque, Pour la piano, Children's Corner (these three are full of just fantastic miniatures).
Ravel - Anything within your ability, his work is staple repertoire but very, very hard in my experience.

There are literally hundreds of other small pieces that can be considered "essential". For all them, your best bet is large compilation books. smile

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#2315511 - 08/14/14 02:15 PM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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I would add in the Scriabin etudes and preludes, Grieg's Lyric Pieces, the Prokofiev sonatas, the Busoni elegies, sonatinas and more (as in the Dover Publications volume), the Ernest Bloch sonata and Schoenberg's Op. 11.

(and some Copland, Alexander Tcherepnin, Shostakovich and Charles Griffes too . . . I think the o.p. is going to need a heavy duty book case!)

#2315516 - 08/14/14 02:23 PM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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I'd add these for a more modern twist:

Webern - Variations op. 27
Messiaen - Vingt Regards
Ligeti - Etudes
Cage - Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano
Boulez - Notations, maybe Sonata No. 2
Ives - Concord Sonata
Crumb - Makrokosmos I and II
Ustvolskaya - Sonatas

None of these are particularly easy (some of them quite the opposite, in fact), but they are important staples of 20th century piano music IMHO, and very worth studying (either by playing or just listening).


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#2315553 - 08/14/14 04:42 PM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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"Must have" is entirely personal, IMO. Here are some things that have not been mentioned already (I think) that I wouldn't want to be without -

Clementi - Gradus ad Parnassum; various sonatas
Hummel - Sonatas; miscellaneous other pieces
Moscheles - Etudes; miscellaneous pieces
Alkan - everything except a few early works
Reger - Bach variations
Szymanowski - Sonatas 2 & 3; Mazurkas; Etudes; Metopes
Shchedrin - Preludes and Fugues
Chavez - 10 Preludes
Persichetti - the sonatas; etudes
Faure - Barcarolles; Nocturnes; Variations; Ballade
Koechlin - Sketches; Sonatinas
Poulenc - Improvisations; Suite Francaise; Valse in C
Medtner - everything
Godowsky - Strauss arrangements
Taneyev - Prelude and Fugue
Shapero - 3 sonatas
d'Indy - Sonata; miscellaneous pieces
Dukas - Sonata
Enescu - Sonata no. 3
Markevitch - Variations, Fugue, and Envoi on a Theme of Handel
Saint-Saens - miscellaneous pieces
Hindemith - Ludus Tonalis
Mozskowski - etudes op. 72
Tagliapietra - 40 studies
Chabrier - Pieces Pittoresques
Stravinsky - Three Movements from Petrushka; Sonata
Bartok - last parts of Mikrokosmos; Sonata; Out of Doors; etc.
Lyapunov - Transcendental Etudes

I'm sure there are more I'm not thinking of at the moment...








#2315568 - 08/14/14 05:27 PM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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Bach: Partitas/The Art of the Fugue
Mozart: Rondos/Fantasy in d minor (SO rewarding)
Brahms: Variations op. 24
Beethoven: his variations, there are so many
There are so many more...
Are we adding concertos and chamber works?

#2315585 - 08/14/14 06:11 PM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Francisco Scalco]  
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No concertos or chamber works quite yet, but I would like to get there.

I'm a HUGE Francophile, so in addition to the DeBusseyPoulenc and Ravel mentioned above (did I also see Ain't Saens?) can anyone think of other Frenchies I should have? And there was an unrecognized Russian name in there...very intriguing!

#2315595 - 08/14/14 06:43 PM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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Originally Posted by Stevio55
No concertos or chamber works quite yet, but I would like to get there.

I'm a HUGE Francophile, so in addition to the DeBusseyPoulenc and Ravel mentioned above (did I also see Ain't Saens?) can anyone think of other Frenchies I should have? And there was an unrecognized Russian name in there...very intriguing!


The great keyboard masters are interesting, Rameau, Couperin, Chaubrier... Have a look!
Also, Fauré.

#2315749 - 08/15/14 01:45 AM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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To add to the combined list of DonaldLee, Vid, and Sean P:
Chopin -- Sonatas
Liszt -- Transcendental Etudes, Concert + Paganini Etudes (I've seen these come together more often than not)

Otherwise all the "must haves" are covered, other things you can just buy as you go along and decide you want.

#2315776 - 08/15/14 03:44 AM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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It depends on whether you value having scores for a lot of pieces you don't play, or don't play very often. To me that's not very valuable. I prefer saving my pennies for beautifully and carefully produced editions of pieces I plan to study in a serious manner within the next month or two. Or sometimes when funds are short I study from an IMSLP score for awhile until I can afford a proper edition. I suppose that is my "must have" score list.

If I need to go look something up for reference or listening purposes there's always IMSLP or the library.


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#2315780 - 08/15/14 03:54 AM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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Check out the Best Editions topic in the FAQ area.


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#2315898 - 08/15/14 11:30 AM Re: Anyone know of a MUST HAVE music list? [Re: Stevio55]  
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Well when you do get to the concerti, you should have the complete Bachs and Mozarts. The Bach are not too difficult and are programmed all the time. The Mozarts are the best things he wrote for the piano.

As far as chamber goes, when you can, get an edition of all the Beethoven violin/piano sonatas first, same with the Mozarts. Everybody plays them and they are worth knowing.

Don't waste your money on cheap editions of any of these.


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