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#2075430 - 05/02/13 12:49 AM Favorite works with a certain opus number?
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Here we are! Another rather stupid thread I have started because I have too much time on my hands.

Let's start with Opus 1...that would be Rach 1 for me, no competition.
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#2075431 - 05/02/13 12:52 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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This doesn't give us a lot of choices.

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#2075434 - 05/02/13 01:00 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Hmmm, toss-up between Chopin's Rondo and the pair of Etudes by de Schloezer?

Or do the 'rules' here extend to chamber, symphonic and non-piano music, too?

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#2075436 - 05/02/13 01:02 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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I'm not sure I understand. We're advancing one by one? Or just throwing op. numbers at each other?

If it's the latter then Op. 100, Prokofiev's 5th symphony!

EDIT: Ah... now I get it. When we reach op. 100 let me know! :P


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#2075437 - 05/02/13 01:06 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Easy:

Beethoven: Piano Trios
Schumann: ABEGG Variations
Elgar: Wand of Youth Suites

All works I love, though in the case of the Elgar, they are arrangements of tunes he wrote as a boy, though not published for full orchestra until 1907. (He did, however, assign an Op 1 designation.)

I once heard a crackling performance of the Beethoven Eb Trio (Op 1 #1) on a rainy afternoon in London at St. Bride Fleet Street. The pianist -a young lad of around 18- was excellent.

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#2075438 - 05/02/13 01:06 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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S.3 is clearly Liszt's great masterpiece 'Christus.'

Or are we just doing Op. numbers?

I also love Rachmaninoff's Morceaux de Fantasie.

Anyway, for Op. 1 I really like Brahms' first piano sonata. I like Rach's first PC, also.

Op. 2 goes to Beethoven's wonderful Op. 2 No. 3.


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#2075439 - 05/02/13 01:07 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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I like Webern's and Berg's op.1's.
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#2075441 - 05/02/13 01:08 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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All right, let's move on to Opus 2.

Beethoven's is the best I can think of now. Chopin's is also a nice piece. Rachmaninov has a couple beautiful cello and piano pieces for Opus 2. There's also the Brahms 2nd Sonata and a Mendelssohn Piano Quartet.

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#2075444 - 05/02/13 01:11 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Easily Scriabin's op. 2 no. 1 etude.

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#2075445 - 05/02/13 01:12 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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^Or that.

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#2075446 - 05/02/13 01:13 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Almost everyone is going to have the same answer for 52 and 111 if we get that far.

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#2075448 - 05/02/13 01:14 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
Almost everyone is going to have the same answer for 52 and 111 if we get that far.

Hold your horses! We'll get there! grin
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#2075450 - 05/02/13 01:14 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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The Scriabin is a great piece, of course.

I have a feeling this will be a fun thread. smile
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#2075452 - 05/02/13 01:17 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
Almost everyone is going to have the same answer for 52...

Would assume you meant '53'. Op 52 is a set of 8 Lieder.
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#2075454 - 05/02/13 01:18 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: argerichfan]
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Originally Posted By: argerichfan
Originally Posted By: JoelW
Almost everyone is going to have the same answer for 52...

Would assume you meant '53'. Op 52 is a set of 8 Lieder.

And it's also arguably the greatest solo piano work ever composed.
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#2075455 - 05/02/13 01:18 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: argerichfan]
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Originally Posted By: argerichfan
Originally Posted By: JoelW
Almost everyone is going to have the same answer for 52...

Would assume you meant '53'. Op 52 is a set of 8 Lieder.


Chopin op 52. Beethoven 111.

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#2075456 - 05/02/13 01:19 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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OPUS THREE. Anyone?

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#2075457 - 05/02/13 01:20 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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106 also, of course. But let's not get ahead of ourselves... ha

I think we're ready for Opus 3.
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#2075458 - 05/02/13 01:21 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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As I mentioned before, Rachmaninoff.

That's if we're not including S numbers, or BWV's, or D.***, in which case I have to choose Liszt's Christus.

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#2075459 - 05/02/13 01:21 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist

And it's also arguably the greatest solo piano work ever composed.

For the so-called 'middle period' works, I wouldn't argue!
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#2075460 - 05/02/13 01:22 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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There's Chopin's Introduction and Polonaise for cello and piano, another piano quartet from Mendelssohn, songs from Brahms, and of course Rachmaninov's great set of miniatures.
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#2075461 - 05/02/13 01:22 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: argerichfan]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist

And it's also arguably the greatest solo piano work ever composed.

For the so-called 'middle period' works, I wouldn't argue!

You shouldn't. ha

The Liszt Sonata is another monumental work, but it's an S number (178).
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#2075462 - 05/02/13 01:24 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Any more Opus 3s before we move on?
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#2075463 - 05/02/13 01:24 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist

I think we're ready for Opus 3.

Well then count Schumann out! laugh
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#2075464 - 05/02/13 01:27 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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All right, let's do Opus 4. There's Chopin's early C minor sonata, Schumann's Intermezzi, a scherzo from Brahms. There's also Hummel's cadenzas to Mozart's concertos (those don't really count though).

Are we really deciding which is the greatest, or just listing pieces? I'm not sure about my preference for this opus. It's pretty obscure.

From now on, let's count S and D and K numbers and get everything into the mix; that will make it a lot more interesting. Hello Schubert, Mozart, Bach, Liszt!
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#2075465 - 05/02/13 01:28 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Op. 4: Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht or Chopin.

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#2075466 - 05/02/13 01:29 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist


Are we really deciding which is the greatest, or just listing pieces? I'm not sure about my preference for this opus.


Greatest/favourites.

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#2075469 - 05/02/13 01:31 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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There's not much in Opus 4 to speak of. Let's move on.
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#2075470 - 05/02/13 01:32 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Great idea for a thread, Polyphonist.

Alas, I have to be at work very early tomorrow, so will have to take my leave and miss out on the fun. tiki
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#2075471 - 05/02/13 01:32 AM Re: Favorite works with a certain opus number? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Two Schumann impromptus, two Beethoven cello sonatas, Chopin"Rondo a la mazur" (an interesting early work).

This would probably go to the Chopin, just because I happen to like it. laugh
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