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    These are the top 10 composers of solo piano

    Frederic Chopin
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Franz Liszt
    Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Claude Debussy
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Franz Schubert
    Johannes Brahms
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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    I only have 9


    Scriabin
    Sorabji
    Satie
    Medtner
    Debussy
    Ravel
    Chopin
    Beethoven
    Faure

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    Excluding three of my favorite composers, J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, & William Byrd, and Glenn Gould's favorite composer for the keyboard, Orlando Gibbons, on the grounds that they didn't compose for a modern piano...

    Here is my current top 10 (listed in no particular order),

    Haydn
    Mozart
    Beethoven
    Schubert
    Chopin
    Schumann
    Liszt
    Debussy
    Ravel
    Prokofiev

    & some favorites whose piano music I wouldn't want to be without (listed in order of preference): Brahms, Satie, Koechlin, Mompou, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Albeniz, Grieg, Janacek, Faure, Scriabin, Martinu, Rachmaninov...

    Plus, as an extra bonus, here are three of my favorite new discoveries from the past several years,

    --Charles Tournemire: his 12 Préludes-poéme, Op. 58, played by pianist Lise Boucher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBuyojDhCK8

    --Joonas Kokkonen: especially his Pielavesi Suite, played by pianist Janne Mertaten: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx7L-Ux13Dg

    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...en-piano-works

    --Darius Milhaud: especially his Le Printemps, Books 1 & 2, played by Milhaud's former pupil, William Bolcom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjYX37gJkAw
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    Let’s see...

    Debussy
    Ravel
    Bartók
    Janáček
    Shostakovich
    Prokofiev
    Enescu
    Liszt
    Rachmaninov
    Ligeti
    "When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something." - Dmitri Shostakovich

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    I've probably already posted in this thread, but my choices are probably different anyway.

    Liszt
    Satie
    Mompou
    Feldman
    Debussy
    Ravel
    Chopin

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    Beethoven
    Chopin
    Bach, JS *
    Mozart
    Rachmaninoff
    Debussy
    Ravel
    Scarlatti **
    Scriabin
    Schostakovich

    * I agree with Art Rock on this.
    ** See *
    “If they cut off both hands, I will compose music anyway holding the pen in my teeth.” (Dmitri Shostakovich)

    “Whereas other modern composers are engaged in manufacturing cocktails of every hue and description, I offer the public cold spring water.” (Jean Sibelius)

    “Once down is no battle.” (Alan Furst)

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    In no particular order:

    1. Bach
    2. Tchaikovsky
    3. Mozart
    4. Beethoven
    5. Schubert
    6. Chopin
    7. Schumann
    8. Brahms
    9. Scriabin
    10. Rachmaninoff


    Immediately following:

    1. Alkan
    2. Medtner
    3. Faure
    4. Liszt
    5. Debussy
    6. Soler
    7. Galuppi
    8. D.Scarlatti
    9. Prokofiev
    10. Grieg
    11. Mendelsohn
    12. Satie
    13. Granados

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    I don't know about best, but personal favorites:

    Beethoven
    Field
    Chopin
    Cui
    Gulda (check out "Variationen uber Light My Fire")
    Alkan
    Fauré
    Scharwenka (1850-1924)
    Muczynski
    Scriabin

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    I’m new to this forum, and imagine the members here already have a working definition of ‘best’, but until I get up to speed, here’s my favourites:
    Bach, D Scarlatti, Rameau, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Ligeti, Cage.
    (And I’m obviously thinking more of what the pieces are often performed on, than composed for)

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    Can't do ten. I have only listened to piano works composed by the five below with any regularity, but I think they are all pretty good. They seem to know what they are doing and all managed to land on the best of piano album. But as they say, sometimes its who you know...

    Beethoven
    Rachmaninov
    Grieg
    Chopin
    Satie

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    Chopin
    Scriabin
    Brahms
    Rachmaninoff
    Beethoven
    Grieg
    Schubert
    Schumann
    Ravel
    Prokofiev

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    Not very original I'm afraid...

    Bach (I prefer Bach on piano)
    Beethoven
    Brahms
    Chopin
    Debussy
    Haydn
    Liszt
    Mozart
    Schubert
    Schumann

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    I've probably already posted in this thread, but my choices are probably different anyway.

    Liszt
    Satie
    Mompou
    Feldman
    Debussy
    Ravel
    Chopin
    I"d have to also include Arnold Schoenberg - and maybe leave out Chopin. This is based on my more recent listening patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrahmsWasAGreatMelodist View Post
    (Note: I'm not counting music written for the harpsichord as "piano music")

    1. Beethoven (the late sonatas are really just some of the greatest pieces of music ever written)
    2. Chopin
    3. Brahms (not that much quantity especially in his mid/later years, but LOTS of quality)
    4. Ravel (also low quantity, high quality)
    5. Debussy
    6. Scriabin
    7. Schubert
    8. Haydn
    9. Faure
    10. Liszt/Rachmaninoff/Medtner

    If we're talking about all works containing piano writing rather than just solo piano works, then here's my list:

    1. Beethoven
    2. Brahms
    3. Mozart (yes, the piano concertos and chamber music with piano make him go from not being on the list to #3)
    4. Chopin
    5. Ravel
    6. Schubert
    7. Scriabin
    8. Faure
    9. Haydn
    10. Rachmaninoff
    This was 2 and a half years ago, but I should be beheaded for the omission of Schumann. He may very well be my #1 now.
    Last edited by BrahmsWasAGreatMelodist; Oct-04-2021 at 16:14.
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