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I love all of them. They are a really enjoyable part of piano literature. I am currently listening to Op.142 No. 3.

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Let's make it eight cheers! wink

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I'll join in the chorus. I actually played two of them before breakfast.


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I love them as well. In fact, they introduced me to piano music. When I was about 17 I started listening to classical radio sometimes, discovering classical music. They played Op 142 No 2 and Op 90 No 4 quite regularly and I loved it.
Now I can play them. smile

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And don't forget Schubert's Three Piano Pieces(Impromptus) opus. post. D946. composed in 1828. I just "discovered" them within the past two years. Beautiful writing and - for the most part - not too difficult to play. Seek them out - you'll be pleasantly surprised.


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And don't forget Schubert's Three Piano Pieces(Impromptus) opus. post. D946. composed in 1828. I just "discovered" them within the past two years. Beautiful writing and - for the most part - not too difficult to play. Seek them out - you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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Concur completely!!!!!!! Sometimes it seems that he's the forgotten one. Hard to believe, really. Not as "pop" as Chopin, nor as serious as Beethoven???...........G

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How can I not join in the chorus of cheers? Schubert is (most days) my absolute favorite composer for the piano, and Op. 90 No. 2 is perhaps my single favorite piece of piano music both to listen to and to play.

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Sometimes it seems that he's the forgotten one. Hard to believe, really. Not as "pop" as Chopin, nor as serious as Beethoven???...........G
I can't figure it out either, Geoff. I think perhaps, like Mendelssohn or Tchaikovsky, his facility with sheer, unadulterated MELODY makes the self-appointed gatekeepers of the repertoire view our poor Franz as "schmaltzy" or "too pretty" to be taken seriously. Their loss...


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VIVA Franz Schubert.

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I love Schubert. The Impromptus are among my favorites, and his waltzes are just delightful.

And talking about waltzes, how about the Liszt/Schubert Soirees de Vienne, based on one of Schubert's waltzes. Now that is a gorgeous composition.

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And talking about waltzes, how about the Liszt/Schubert Soirees de Vienne, based on one of Schubert's waltzes. Now that is a gorgeous composition.

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Not intending to appear contradictory, but to clarify :

Schubert grouped many of his (very) short and relatively simple waltzes under opus numbers;
Op. 9 (36 waltzes)
Op. 18 (12 Waltzes)
Op. 50 (34 Waltzes)
Op. 67 (16 Waltzes)
Op. 77 (12 Waltzes)
Op. 91 (12 Waltzes)
Op. 127 (20 Waltzes)

Now, turn to Liszt's arrangements of them; he wrote nine (9) "Soirées de Vienne" Each "Soirée" takes a limited number of Schubert Waltzes - not necessarily from the same Schubert opus for each Soirée - and arranges them as a set for solo piano. So there's more than "one of Schubert's waltzes" in the Liszt Soirées de Vienne.

If you are not aware that there are nine of them, you indeed would be well rewarded to look up ones that you don't know.

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Bruce, thanks for the clarification and the additional information. I was unaware that there were 9 soirees de Vienne, based on a number of Schubert Waltzes. The copy I have is obviously an abbreviated one, and is based mainly on Schubert's Waltz Op 77 #10.

I will go to the music store tomorrow and get the complete version. Thanks again for taking time to explain this. Gaby Tu

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My favorite is no 2.

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How hard is Op. 90 No. 2 compared to Op. 90 No. 4? If a comparison can be made.

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So much glorious music composed during his short life. Franz Schubert has been a late discovery for me in my own life but, what a discovery! His music moves me in a way not even Chopin's does.

I love the Sonatas and, especially, the Impromptus. I've learnt Op 142 No 2 and now I'm well into Op 90 No 3. Hard work for me but a real labour of love nonetheless.


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I love all of them. They are a really enjoyable part of piano literature. I am currently listening to Op.142 No. 3.
Me too.

What are your favorite recordings?

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How hard is Op. 90 No. 2 compared to Op. 90 No. 4? If a comparison can be made.
No. 2 is a little easier.

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AMEN!!! It's a crime that he wasn't recognized for his wonderful music while he was still alive.

My favorite impromptus of his are 90.3 and 90.4. There is just nothing like them.


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I agree that the Schubert Impromptus are great pieces for solo piano.

One of the supreme tragedies with Schubert is that he died so young (at 31), just as he was coming into maturity. Many of his greatest works (Impromptus, last 3 piano sonatas, piano trios, string quintet, Great C Major symphony, last 2 string quartets, Winterreise and Schwanengesang song cycles) were written late in his short life. Imagine what he could have accomplished had he lived as long as Beethoven (or even better, as long as Verdi or Haydn).

Schubert is also one of the few great composers (Mozart is another example) who easily turned out masterpieces in both the vocal and purely instrumental domains.

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