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  • Beethoven Sonata No 23, Op 57

    7 19.44%
  • Beethoven Sonata No 29, Op 106

    16 44.44%
  • Beethoven Sonata No 30, Op 109

    12 33.33%
  • Beethoven Sonata No 31, Op 110

    8 22.22%
  • Beethoven Sonata No 32, Op 111

    15 41.67%
  • Chopin Sonata No 3, Op 58

    5 13.89%
  • Mozart Sonata No 8, K 310

    3 8.33%
  • Schubert Sonata No 18, D 894

    5 13.89%
  • Schubert Sonata No 20, D 959

    5 13.89%
  • Schubert Sonata No 21, D 960

    13 36.11%
  • Prokofiev Sonata No 6, Op 82

    5 13.89%
  • Prokofiev Sonata No 7, Op 83

    6 16.67%
  • Scriabin Sonata No 5, Op 53

    6 16.67%
  • Liszt Sonata in B minor, S. 178

    14 38.89%
  • Haydn Sonata No 62, Hob. XVl:52

    4 11.11%
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Thread: Greatest/Favorite Piano Sonatas

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    So I was thinking of creating a poll where you vote for you think are the greatest piano sonatas in the repertoire! I limit it to choose 15 possible choices. If you have any other suggestions than the 15 listed, mention them in the thread!
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    Favorites: Schubert Sonata No.13, D 664
    Haydn Sonata No.60 Hob. XVl:50
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    Beethoven, Op. 106 and 111. They always grab my attention.

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    My absolute favorite is Beethoven No. 30, with 29 and 32 on its heels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORigel View Post
    My absolute favorite is Beethoven No. 30, with 29 and 32 on its heels.
    I remember one time I was listening to the opening of Op. 30. I was thinking it was a series of ascending and descending two-note patterns. Then my wife came in and said, "It sounds like a waterfall." I guess you can tell which one of us is the artist.

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    Probably not the bestest best, but Brahm's 3rd sonata is pretty rad

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    Somewhat disappointing poll choices - my favorite Schubert (the 19th) and Mozart (the 14th) are not on there. The Liszt and the Hammerklavier are my two favorites. Next would come Beethoven’s last 3 (I never think of them individually), Brahms’s 3rd, Prokofiev’s 7th, Chopin’s 2nd and 3rd; Schubert 16, 19, 20, 21.
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

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    These are all great. But Beethoven's last 5 are cosmic.
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    Beethoven's last five and Schubert's last three. Oh and Liszt's the ultimate revolutionary sonata

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    I'm not much for the piano music of the high Romantic period; the sunshine, flowers, birds, and rain-drop, stuff of Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Chopin; but I really do like the Grieg sonata.

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    I would switch Beethoven Op.101 with either of the two, Op.109, Op.110 in the list. I consider Op.101 more melodically-inspired and thoroughly-composed (especially towards the ending) than the two.

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    Beethoven's exquisite No. 21 is missing here. I think the Waldstein may just be my favourite piece of his.
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    My personal favorites at the moment are Scriabin's late piano sonatas. Out of the choices given, I voted for Beethoven 29-32, Schubert 20 and 21, and the Liszt sonata. I also like Mozart 14, Beethoven 8, Schubert 19, Medtner Sonata Romantica, Chopin 2 and 3, Haydn 62, Prokofiev 8, Ives 2, Berg, Alkan Grand sonate, Rachmaninoff 2, Barber, Boulez 2, and an assortment of Scarlatti and Clementi sonatas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammeredklavier View Post
    I would switch Beethoven Op.101 with either of the two, Op.109, Op.110 in the list. I consider Op.101 more melodically-inspired and thoroughly-composed (especially towards the ending) than the two.
    I would have guessed No. 29 for you. But apparently you don't dwell in the obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I would have guessed No. 29 for you. But apparently you don't dwell in the obvious.
    Note that his nick is hammeredklavier though, so perhaps he doesn't even like Beethoven's sonata No. 29.
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