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    I love piano music!

    I'm very much enjoying Prokofiev just now, and I think his piano music is terrific. I love his war sonatas, the toccata, his 2nd and 3rd Concerti- just a few to mention!

    Rachmaninov and Liszt fall into the category of piano music I love to listen to, but will probably never be able to play! I think Liszt, rivaled only by maybe Ravel, used the piano to it's complete potential, exploiting the full range and colours of the instrument.

    Moving to Impressionism, I'm also a fan of Debussy and Ravel. Debussy's music has always seemed, to me, to have a charm that very few composers can master. Debussy's preludes, in particular, are sublime. Ravel's music is towering. The piano concerto in G Major is one of my favourite concerto's just now.

    For consistently fantastic piano music, however, I adore Chopin. Even his name has that certain elegant sound that is shared by his music.

    There are many more. How I love the piano!

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    Quote Originally Posted by R-F View Post
    I love piano music!


    There are many more. How I love the piano!
    Same with me, there are no words to describe how much I adore playing the piano, it's construction even takes me aback...
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    Mostly i like mozarts piano sonata and duos, beethovens moonlight sonata, rachmaninoffs prelude in c sharp minor and right now debussy's clair de lune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virus View Post
    Mostly i like mozarts piano sonata and duos, beethovens moonlight sonata, rachmaninoffs prelude in c sharp minor and right now debussy's clair de lune.
    Buy a double volume of Beethoven's Sonatas cheap on Amazon. You'll thank me.

    You may also want to look deeper into the real Debussy masterpieces:

    Arabesques
    Preludes
    Reflets dan l'eau
    Suite Bergamesque (from which clair de lune is from)
    Suite Pour le Piano
    L'Isle Joyeuse
    Estampes

    If you like Debussy, Ravel's piano output would be good too:

    Sonatine
    Valses nobles et sentimentales
    Miroirs
    Jeux d'eau
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Gaspard de la nuit

    For Four hands: Ma mere l'Oye, and the sublime Piano Concerto in G

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    i sometimes go through phases of only playing one composer, usually bach, sometimes debussy or brahms, rarely mozart or beethoven. i think chopin and brahms both had a tremendous understanding of the instrument, which makes their music physically fun to play, whereas bach and beethoven can feel quite uncomfortable at times.

    if i had to choose just one piano piece for the rest of my life i'd be hard pressed to choose between the 2nd english suite by bach (technically the best suite, but the 4th is probably more beautiful), the slow movement of the second C-major piano sonata by mozart (really!), the 1st chopin ballade and brahms intermezzo opus 118 no 6.

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    Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. All their piano music is sublime.
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    Bach wrote piano music?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herzeleide View Post
    Bach wrote piano music?
    Only for harpsichord and clavichord.

    Fav's by Bach

    Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
    Fantasia and Fugue in a
    Well-Tempered Clavier
    English Suites
    Partitas
    Toccatas
    Italian Concerto in F

    Goldberg Variations (for the keyboard)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herzeleide View Post
    Bach wrote piano music?
    You know what I mean.
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airad2 View Post
    Only for harpsichord and clavichord.
    That was my point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herzeleide View Post
    That was my point.
    Sorry, I was having a bad day.

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    My favorite piano music comes from Jean Sibelius, a composer not always thought of when the piano is discussed.

    Sibelius himself was not a huge devotee of the keyboard. But over the course of his career, he did compose a sizeable amount of music for the instrument, sometimes for pure artistic purposes, sometimes to pay some bills. Many will often write off his piano works as being devoid of any character or worth, but it is usually the case, I think, that the people who say that have not heard enough of his piano music.

    The appeal to me in his piano works is the sombre quality, one might even say the darkness. There is a unique insistance on the left hand, in other words, the lower, "darker" keys which seems to really get to me.

    Those wanting to sample some of his best piano works should hear the Kyllikki Suite or "The Trees."
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    I love the pieces from Mozart's Piano concertos, his piano sonatas and his trios. I am massive Mozart fan .

    My favourite pieces from Mozart has to be Piano Concerto No 27, 22,23, 21,20, 19. Piano Sonata No 16 K545.

    Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata, Piano Concerto no 1.
    Brian Crain - All of his works
    John Schimdt - Sacred Ground
    Chopin's Etudes
    Debussy's - Claire De lune
    Many more....

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    I quite like Clement 's piano music

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    Well, at the moment, I'm obsessed with La Campanella. XD

    Ok, though, here we go.

    CHOPIN (any and everything of his for the piano. He's my all time favorite... I think. It changes...)
    Debussy( Of course, how can you not have him in the list? Especially Clair de Lune and Arabesque no. 1)

    Many more... basically, 80% of what I listen to is piano, so I could go on for hours about what I like. XD
    "Birds sit motionless on their branches. The world is slumbering! It grows cool in the shade of my fir-trees. I stand and await my friend, I wait for him for our last farewell. O friend, I long to share the beauty of this evening at your side. Where do you linger? Long you leave me alone! I wander here and there with my lyre on soft grassy paths. O Beauty! O endless love-life-drunken world!" ~ Das Lied von der Erde - Der Abschied (Li Tai-Po/G.Mahler) <---Click to Listen

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