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    Who do you think are the top 10 Composers for Piano Works or as many as you can think of? Also recommended recordings would be useful.

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    This is an interesting question. There is a fundamental dichotomy: (1) Who wrote the best piano music; and (2) Who wrote the best music for the piano?

    I'll put Beethoven #1 in #2, and Chopin #1 in #1. Bach I conveniently ignore. Others to follow!


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    I'm thinking the list would go like this. And I'm only considering ones that wrote for Piano. So Bach won't count. At least not JS Bach.
    1. Beethoven
    2. Mozart
    3. Chopin
    4. Schubert
    5. Debussy
    6. Ravel
    7. Liszt
    8. Prokofiev
    9. Shostakovich
    10. Satie.

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    So tough especially since you want to leave out Bach (I would put him right at the top with no hesitation) here's my list, my order could be changed slightly depending on what day it is.
    1. Beethoven
    2. Chopin (not in my personal list of favorites but his influence would be difficult to overstate)
    3. Mozart
    4. Rachmaninoff
    5. Debussy
    6. Scriabin
    7. Liszt (once again not one of my favorites but really important)
    8. Brahms
    9. Rubinstein (Listen to the B flat piano trio great piano stuff going on, I feel he's really overlooked)
    10 For me 10th could go to so many, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schumann, I guess I'll go with Schumann

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    Yeah Bach sounds great on Piano. That wasn't to his original intent though. They were made for Harpsichord or Organ. And yeah that's a pretty good list. I guess Chopin gets the edge over Mozart. Close call. I know BurningDesire wouldn't say it was close though. lol

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    Beethoven

    then, in no particular order, and concerning solo piano works only:

    Scriabin
    Debussy
    Chopin
    Schumann
    Schubert
    Liszt
    Samuil Feinberg (admittedly a personal favourite mostly, and rather neo-Scriabinesque)
    Sorabji (the world just isn´t ready for him yet)
    Bach; if he goes out, Rachmaninov or Medtner
    Last edited by joen_cph; Nov-24-2012 at 14:13.

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    I think perhaps Alkan and Scharwenka could be added to the usual suspects somewhere.
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    Personal preference from 1 to 10 (focusing on solo piano works here):

    Chopin
    JS Bach*
    Schubert
    Debussy
    Mendelssohn
    Shostakovich
    Grieg
    Ravel
    Rachmaninoff
    Scriabin

    *) I am not a purist, I love Bach on piano.

    Beethoven: I have all his sonatas, but prefer the other composers listed above.
    Brahms: one of my favourite composers, but not on piano.
    Schumann: like most of his work, his piano compositions do not really connect with me.
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    If the composer in question won a Grawemeyer Award (the most prestigious award for composition there is) for many of his piano works, does that automatically make him no. 1?

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    I think he would need quite a few to compete with Beethoven and Chopin, not to mention everyone else.

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    1) Beethoven
    2) Liszt
    3) Rachmaninoff
    4) Faure
    5) Ravel
    6) Schumann
    7) Shostakovich
    8) Chopin
    9) Schubert
    10)Grieg

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    1. Ligeti
    2. Liszt
    3. Cage
    4. Chopin
    5. Ravel
    6. Beethoven
    7. Debussy
    8. Shostakovich
    9. Mozart
    10. Stockhausen

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    Beethoven
    Mozart
    Chopin
    Debussy
    Erik Satie
    John Cage
    Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Pierre Boulez
    Milton Babbitt
    Terry Riley
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    Ravel
    Debussy
    Chopin
    Bach
    Beethoven
    Grieg
    Rachmaninoff
    Schubert
    Scriabin
    Liszt
    Mendelssohn

    This question was too hard. And this list changes all the time. I dont have an all time favorite composer for piano (maybe exept for Ravel. But it is mood-based)
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