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Favorite pieces by composers #2679313
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Hi! I was thinking of starting a thread where you are aloud to post your 3 favorite pieces for solo piano by some of the greatest composers(if possible, I know some might have more than 3), and then your 5 favorite pieces out of all! Just for fun. Here is my list (of Course you can pick pieces from other composers that are not listed in this OP).

Bach: Goldberg Variations, P&F in E major bk 2, P&F in f-minor bk 1
Beethoven: Op 109, Op 110, Op 111
Brahms: Op 117-119. If I must pick seperate pieces, then: Op 117 1, Op 118 5, Op 119 3
Chopin: Nocturne Op 48 1, 4th Ballade Op 52, Polonaise-fantaisie Op 61
Debussy: Estampes, L'isle joyeuse, Le vent dans la plaine
Mozart: K 282, K 331, K475
Prokofiev: Vision Fugitives, Piano sonata 6, Piano sonata 7
Rachmaninoff: Etude-tableaux Op 33 2, 2nd Piano sonata Op 36, Prelude Op 32 10
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, Jeux d'eau, Valdes Nobles et sentimentales
Scarlatti: K 27, K 380, K 466
Scriabin; 2nd piano sonata op 19, 5th piano sonata Op 53, Vers la flamme Op 72
Schubert: D 850, D 894, D 960
Schumann: Papillons Op 2, Carnaval Op 9, Kinderszenen Op 15
Schoenberg : Op 11, Op 19, Op 25

And of Course I cant forget Berg's op 1! His piano sonata which is one of the greatest pieces I know of!

Favorite 5 pieces : Chopin's Op 61, Schubert's D 894 and D 960, Beethoven Op 109 and 111.

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Re: Favorite pieces by composers [Re: Jorleyy] #2679417
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and the purpose of your proposed thread is?

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Originally Posted by Beemer
and the purpose of your proposed thread is?
I'd guess it's just curiousity and general musical interest. Many people are interested in what pieces other people like. There are many similar threads at PW.

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Well the OP listed 41 pieces and I foresaw an approaching neverending thread that could encompass every piano composer through all periods and genre.

I was not trying to stop the thread just to clarify the interest of the OP.

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Originally Posted by Beemer
Well the OP listed 41 pieces and I foresaw an approaching neverending thread that could encompass every piano composer through all periods and genre.
So? Neverending is not bad although I doubt the thread will be very long since it asked for so much input.

Re: Favorite pieces by composers [Re: Jorleyy] #2679511
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Originally Posted by Jorleyy
Hi! I was thinking of starting a thread where you are aloud to post your 3 favorite pieces for solo piano by some of the greatest composers(if possible, I know some might have more than 3), and then your 5 favorite pieces out of all!

These are a few of my favorite solo piano pieces by various famous composers (not all of them known for their piano music):

Daquin: Le coucou
Lully: Gavotte en rondeau
'Le Grand' Couperin: Les barricades mystérieuses, Le tic-toc-choc ou les Maillotins
Haydn: Sonata in E flat, HXVI 52
Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso, Scottish Sonata, Song Op.19/1 (sic)
Saint-Saëns: Étude en forme de valse, Allegro appassionata, Valse nonchalante
Bizet: Variations chromatiques
Smetana: On the Seashore, Macbeth & the Witches, Bettina Polka
Fauré: Ballade No.1, Nocturne No.2, Romance Op.17/3
Borodin: Scherzo in A flat, Petite Suite
Ginastera: 3 Argentinian Dances
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Out of Doors, Sonata
Martinů: Fantaisie & Toccata
Balakirev: Sonata, The Lark (after Glinka)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Une larme; Scherzo in C# minor
Lyapunov: Térek, Lesghinka
Tchaikovsky: Scherzo à la russe, Dumka, Theme & Variations
Bax: In a Vodka Shop, Sonata No.2, A Hill Tune
Beach: Scottish Legend, Fireflies
Grainger: Country Gardens, In Dahomey Cakewalk Smasher
Sibelius: Romance in D flat, Op.24/9; Impromptu in B minor, Op.5/5, Kyllikki
Nielsen: Suite, Op.45; Chaconne; Humoreske-bagateller
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No.4, Rudepoêma, A prole do bebê
Janáček: In the Mists, Sonata 1.X.1905, On the Overgrown Path
Barber: Sonata, Excursions, Souvenirs
Ives: 'Concord' Sonata, Some South-Paw Pitching
Taneyev: Prelude & Fugue in G# minor, Theme & Variations in C minor
Paderewski: Minuet in G, Dans le désert, Nocturne in B flat
Szymanowski: Métopes, Masques, Etudes Op.4
Stravinsky: 3 Movements from Petrushka, Piano Rag Music
Copland: The Cat & the Mouse, 4 Piano Blues
Peter Maxwell Davies: Farewell to Stromness, Yesnaby Ground
Vine: Sonatas Nos.1 - 3
Saariaho: Prélude, Ballade

The great composers not represented have too many favorites for me to mention here grin.


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Re: Favorite pieces by composers [Re: Jorleyy] #2679668
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There can't be one or even twenty 'best pieces', but one that has given me unending pleasure for the last 25 years is Cesar Frank's violin sonata in A. It's almost worth learning just for the piano part - a truly musical partnership.

If you don't know it ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhZFd9ZOJfU


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To say my favorite classical piece by itself is really hard, as there is simply too much of it. And I don't exactly have time to list the number of pieces you want people to. So I'll just mention 2 that I like.

My favorite Chopin piece is the Ballade 4 in F Minor. It is simply too amazing to describe in mere words, but it really is an experience unlike any other piece of Classical music I have ever heard. The intricacies and the flow of melodies intertwined with each other creates something very unique and fresh that always makes you never want it to end. There can be endless analysis with this piece, there is simply too much going on for there to be some "right" way to play it. Every interpretation sounds different, yet fresh in its own aspect, which is what I want to see more in music: people playing however they wish while still keeping to the big picture. It is, in other words, the greatest culmination of Chopin's soul. It is beyond music: it's poetry wrapped in magic. This is my ultimate goal: to be able to play this piece one day. When I achieve that, I can have a peace of mind and move on to other pieces with a more positive attitude.

My favorite Beethoven piece is the Waldstein Sonata in C Major. How Beethoven was able to switch through keys so many times, and yet somehow end up circling back to C is beyond me. And the fact of the matter is he didn't just focus on the melody. If you look in the first movement, there is a section with some notes on the left hand very low on the piano. It sounds more like rumbling than actual piano notes. This really adds a special effect that I haven't seen in other classical music. And the third movement is even more amazing, because how he took a simple theme and varied it so much with so many different styles, tempo choices, rhythm choices, and elaborated on it with indescribable creativity is, once again, beyond me. It's as if you never expect it to end, and always want to see what Beethoven can pull out next. In fact, the way he wrote it makes it seem Beethoven himself didn't want the piece to end!

But you shouldn't limit yourself. Go out and listen to all kinds of music. Experience whatever you can. Trust me, you will not regret it. Happy listening and happy playing!

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AviChak: I've had a small piece of the 4th Ballade tattooed on my back for many years. When I was a singer/songwriter I wrote pop songs inspired by melodies in the piece. After I quit being a pianist I did not play again for 30 years in any serious way. It was that piece that brought me back and practicing 4-6 hours a day for the last year. When I play it for myself at home I have to pinch myself sometimes that I can and am playing it. Not having learned it in my 20s was my biggest regret. Sometimes I cry at the piano (there are two sections that do this to me, LOL). I couldn't agree with you more. There is nothing like that piece, and in my opinion, it is the greatest piece written in the Romantic period.

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This is one of my favourites. Simple, gentle and for me inspirational.

John Field- Nocturne no. 5 B Flat Major, written in 1817. John Field who introduced the Nocturne to F. Chopin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4EhFkR8hSU

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Re: Favorite pieces by composers [Re: Jorleyy] #2680382
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Chopin: Ballade in F major op. 38, Nocturne in F-sharp minor op. 48 no. 2, Scherzo in C-sharp minor op. 39
Bach: P&F in B-flat minor Book I, in B minor Book II, Fantaisie in C minor
Mozart: Sonata in A minor K310
Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, Sonata in E minor
Haydn: Sonata in C minor
Clementi: Sonata in B minor
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Sonata in F-sharp minor
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto op. 1 in F-sharp minor, Elegie in E-flat minor op. 3 no. 2
Liszt: Transcendental Etude in A minor, Paganini Etude in A minor, Romance in E minor
Stravinsky: Sonata (1924)
Kabalevsky: Rondo in A minor
Brahms: Rhapsody in B minor
Scriabin: Etudes op. 8 no. 5 in E major and no. 12 in D-sharp minor

Favorite 5: Ballade in F major, Schumann Sonata, Rachmaninoff Concerto and both Liszt etudes smile


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L.van Beethoven Sonata in C major Op.2 No.3
F. Chopin Etude in F major Op.10 No. 8
F. Chopin Etude in E minor Op.25 No. 5
F. Chopin Ballade in F major Op.38
E. Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16
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My favourite 'pieces by composers' lol, are the ones that I am preparing for concerts, otherwise I would have a pretty miserable life, lol again. At this moment there is nothing better than some Liszt/Beethoven/Schumann/Chopin, but that might completely change in say a month, probably Bach/Haydn/Schubert might pop up.


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Bach: Little Fugue in G minor
Mozart: Twinkle Twinkle Stars Variations
Beethoven: Fur Elise
Schubert: Die Forelle
Schumann: The Happy Farmer
Chopin: Spring Waltz
Liszt: Hungarian's Rhapsody No. 2
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Song
Debussy: Claire de lune
Gershwin: Stars and Stripes Forever

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Bach: Goldbergs, WTC, KDF
Beethoven: 106, 111, 120
Brahms: 24, 118, 119
Chopin: 52, 58, 60
Mozart: 457, 533, 576
Rachmaninoff: 28, 36, 42
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, Miroirs, Jeux d'eau
Scriabin: 11, 19, 42
Schubert: 760, 959, 960
Liszt: Sonata, 2nd Ballade, Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude
Tchaikovsky: Grand Sonata, The Seasons, some random set of second-rate miniatures
Haydn: E flat sonata, F minor variations, some random other sonata
Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso, Variations sérieuses, Prelude and Fugue in e minor
Balakirev: Islamey, Islamey, Islamey
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Originally Posted by JoelW
[...]Debussy: Claire de lune
Gershwin: Stars and Stripes Forever


Claire has left the building; it's "Clair de lune."
Gershwin did not write "Stars and Stripes Forever" - ever; it was John Philip Sousa.

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Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by JoelW
[...]Debussy: Claire de lune
Gershwin: Stars and Stripes Forever


Claire has left the building; it's "Clair de lune."
Gershwin did not write "Stars and Stripes Forever" - ever; it was John Philip Sousa.

Regards,

What are your sources?

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Originally Posted by JoelW
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Originally Posted by JoelW
[...]Debussy: Claire de lune
Gershwin: Stars and Stripes Forever


Claire has left the building; it's "Clair de lune."
Gershwin did not write "Stars and Stripes Forever" - ever; it was John Philip Sousa.

Regards,

What are your sources?

You are all wrong.

It was Horowitz. Youtube says so:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxO9k53IsMU


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Originally Posted by bennevis
Originally Posted by JoelW
Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by JoelW
[...]Debussy: Claire de lune
Gershwin: Stars and Stripes Forever
Claire has left the building; it's "Clair de lune."
Gershwin did not write "Stars and Stripes Forever" - ever; it was John Philip Sousa.

What are your sources?

You are all wrong. It was Horowitz. Youtube says so:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxO9k53IsMU

The gospel according to Youtube. ha
This one is more accurate...
https://youtu.be/TXPVpN4agRE


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Signal to noise ratio rather typical -usual tiresome regulars like bennevis- but I will say that last Thursday's performance of the Bartok 1st Piano Concerto at Seattle Symphony with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet confirmed to me that I have had it right all along: this is Bartok at his greatest and most uncompromising.


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Originally Posted by JoelW
Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by JoelW
[...]Debussy: Claire de lune
Gershwin: Stars and Stripes Forever


Claire has left the building; it's "Clair de lune."
Gershwin did not write "Stars and Stripes Forever" - ever; it was John Philip Sousa.

Regards,

What are your sources?


Quite simple, really. Several years ago, I learned to read, and that has helped immeasurably with finding sources and verifying information.


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