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    1. Chopin
    2. Shostakovich
    3. Debussy
    4. Ravel
    5. Prokofiev
    6. Mozart
    7. Satie.
    8.Schubert
    9. Liszt

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    Koechlin and Sorabji should be on the list for those who want something new
    Last edited by Stirling; Nov-19-2015 at 18:09.

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    I probably said something on this topic before, but I'm too lazy to go back and check.

    The way I feel right now is that there is only one composer whose solo piano music never bores me, and that's Schumann. I love specific pieces by other composers, but they all have their passages or even entire works where my mind tunes out.

    I can't explain why, but Schumann's music never does that to me.

    Other peoples' mileage obviously differs.

    (I've been waiting for a long time for the Brilliant Schumann edition. It was finally released. It's on its way.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stirling View Post
    Koechlin and Sorabji should be on the list for those who want something new
    I've not heard of Koechlin.
    I put Sorabji on today. Loved it. Played it again.
    (TStudies 1/25)

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    1-beethoven(also number on in almost all genres except opera)
    2-bach
    3-chopin
    4-schubert
    5-mozart
    6-liszt
    7-brahms
    8-rachmaninov
    9-schumann
    10-ravel

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    "1-beethoven(also number on in almost all genres except opera)"

    Ludwig misses the mark in sackbut serenades.


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    I probably don't know enough solo piano music to make a legitimate list, but I'll go for it anyways...

    1. Chopin
    2. Beethoven
    3. Rachmaninoff
    4. Schumann
    5. Scriabin
    6. Mozart
    7. Balakirev
    8. Liszt
    9, 10. Mendelssohn and Schubert, I suppose?

    The problem is that I rarely know a significant portion of any one composer's music, so I'm basing my rankings off of sometimes no more than a couple of pieces that I've heard from them.

    EDIT... Looking at my list, it seems like it's greatly lacking in 20th century composers, with only Scriabin and Rachmaninoff making it into the 1900s. It seems like most music of the 20th century that I listen to is orchestral. Seems like I should explore that area more.
    Last edited by musicrom; Jan-30-2016 at 07:16.
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    If you're looking for more unheard stuff, Egon Wellesz wrote beautiful piano music. There's an excellent 3 disc set on Capriccio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chronochromie View Post
    In no order:
    Debussy
    Schubert
    Beethoven
    Ravel
    Satie
    Brahms
    Mendelssohn
    Liszt
    Schumann
    Chopin
    What is Mendelssohn doing there, polluting my Liszt?

    Update (in alphabetical order):

    Beethoven
    Chopin
    Debussy
    Ligeti
    Liszt
    Messiaen
    Ravel
    Schubert
    Schumann
    Scriabin

    Honorable mention: Satie
    Last edited by Chronochromie; Jan-30-2016 at 09:30.

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    Beethoven, Brahms, Ives, Persichetti, Bernstein, Copland. That's it.

    I leave out Bach, because he did NOT write his keyboard music for the pianoforte.
    Last edited by hpowders; Jan-31-2016 at 00:37.
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    Piano solo is my favourite music.

    Best top 13 composers? :

    > Ravel
    > Debussy
    > Satie
    > Beethoven
    > Mozart
    > Schumann
    > Schubert
    > Chopin
    > Mompou
    > Prokofiev
    > Brahms
    > Moussorgsky
    > Grieg
    Last edited by Jokke; Jan-31-2016 at 12:30.

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    At the moment:

    Schubert (no, that's not "at the moment" he is for the ages)
    Beethoven
    Debussy
    Bach
    Schumann
    Scarlatti
    Mussorgsky
    Shostakovich
    Ravel
    Chopin

    Hoping to pick up another favourite from the suggestions of other posters.
    Last edited by jenspen; Feb-01-2016 at 03:34. Reason: arithmetic

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    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1817) - Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) - Eva Knardahl
    Erik Satie (1866-1925) - Early Piano Works / Reinbert De Leeuw
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Angela Hewitt
    John Cage (1912-1992) - In a Landscape / Stephen Drury, Music of Changes / David Tudor, Sonatas and Interludes / Philipp Vandré, Etudes Australes / Grete Sultan, ...
    Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997) - Studies for Player Piano
    Simeon Ten Holt (1923-2012) - Canto Ostinato etc. / Jeroen Van Veen
    La Monte Young (b 1935) - The Well-Tuned Piano
    Terry Riley (b 1935) - The Harp of New Albion, Lisbon & Padova concerts, ZOFO Plays
    Jürg Frey (b 1953) - Piano Music & Pianist, Alone / R. Andrew Lee

    Just some composers whose piano music I love. I recently listened to Mompou's piano works and I liked them very much.

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    Chopin/ Beethoven / Mozart/ Schubert/ Field /Schumann/ Liszt/ Mendelssohn

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    Beethoven
    Brahms
    Schubert
    Schumann
    Liszt
    Alkan
    Medtner
    Ravel
    Debussy
    Chopin

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