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#2251635 - 03/24/14 10:12 PM If you could only play once piece by each composer
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This is one of those "island" threads. grin

If you could only play one piece by each composer for the rest of your life, which pieces would those be? You can pick two per composer if you really can't decide on only one. wink

(for the sake of this activity, just assume you have virtuoso technique)

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#2251638 - 03/24/14 10:20 PM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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For which composers?
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#2251642 - 03/24/14 10:28 PM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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As many as you want to list. grin

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#2251644 - 03/24/14 10:29 PM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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My answers will all be different tomorrow. ha
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#2251670 - 03/24/14 11:20 PM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
....assume you have virtuoso technique

Impossible, including because I'd be a different person. ha

Bach: Sorry that it's an arrangement: Bach-Busoni (and further tweaked by 'the performer') Toccata Adagio & Fugue
Scarlatti: Dunno, let's say E major, L. 430, K. 531
Haydn: Sonata in Eb major (the big one)
Mozart: Concerto in Bb major, K. 595
Beethoven: Op. 110
Schubert: "Little" A major Sonata
Schumann: Carnaval
Chopin: Sonata in B minor
Liszt: 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody
Mendelssohn: Fantasy in F# minor
Brahms: 2nd Concerto
Scriabin: 9th Sonata
Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
Ravel: Miroirs
Moszkowski: Etincelles
Joplin: Pine Apple Rag

If I really could also assume what you want us to assume:
Henselt Concerto

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#2251675 - 03/24/14 11:39 PM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: Mark_C]
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Originally Posted By: Mark_C
Bach: Sorry that it's an arrangement: Bach-Busoni (and further tweaked by 'the performer') Toccata Adagio & Fugue
Scarlatti: Dunno, let's say E major, L. 430, K. 531
Haydn: Sonata in Eb major (the big one)
Mozart: Concerto in Bb major, K. 595
Beethoven: Op. 110
Schubert: "Little" A major Sonata
Schumann: Carnaval
Chopin: Sonata in B minor
Liszt: 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody
Mendelssohn: Fantasy in F# minor
Brahms: 2nd Concerto
Scriabin: 9th Sonata
Debussy: L'isle joyeuse
Ravel: Miroirs
Moszkowski: Etincelles
Joplin: Pine Apple Rag

I'm assuming the OP was referring only to solo work, so I'm going to reply with that in mind.

Bach: Goldbergs, what else. grin
Scarlatti: Sonata.
Haydn: Agreed, or perhaps the Variations in F minor.
Mozart: D major sonata, K576.
Beethoven: Opus 120.
Schubert: 960 - again, what else. grin
Schumann: Fantasy.
Chopin: Agreed.
Liszt: Sonata (don't see how you can say what you said. crazy)
Mendelssohn: Agreed, or maybe the good old Variations. ha
Brahms: Opus 118 or 119. Must I choose?
Scriabin: Probably the G# minor sonata.
Debussy: Agreed, or perhaps Bergamasque.
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit (saying Miroirs might be cheating, Mark. grin)
Moszkowski: Not familiar with most of it. Caprice Espagnol?
Joplin: The Chrysanthemum
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#2251676 - 03/24/14 11:42 PM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Scarlatti: Sonata.

Excellent pick! grin

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#2251679 - 03/24/14 11:44 PM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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What about your pick of the Liszt 2nd Rhapsody?
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#2251686 - 03/25/14 12:16 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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Bach: Goldberg Variations
Busoni-Bach: Chaconne in D Minor
Chopin: Fantasie Impromptu
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 Arrangement
Mozart: Sonata in A Minor (KV310)
Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.5
Joplin: The Entertainer
Gershwin: Prelude No.1
Scarlatti: Sonata in D Major
Debussy: Golliwogs Cake-Walk
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble Bee

Most of these are because I've played them in the past for exams or because they're popular smile If I new more about classical music, I'd probably have different choices smile


Edited by AtomicBond (03/25/14 12:18 AM)

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#2251693 - 03/25/14 12:43 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: Polyphonist]
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Bach: BWV 850
Haydn: Hob.XVI:23
Mozart: K. 330
Beethoven: Appassionata sonata
Schumann: Grillen
Chopin: Op. 58
Liszt: Liebestraume No. 3
Brahms: Op. 118 No. 2
Scriabin: Op. 8 No. 12
Debussy: Images, Book I
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Joplin: Fig Leaf Rag (a high class rag! grin)

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#2251696 - 03/25/14 12:45 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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Maybe we should use this list. grin
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#2251697 - 03/25/14 12:50 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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I'd do some rearranging of that list:

Bach no.1
Mozart no.2
Liszt no.3
Chopin no.4
Beethoven no.5

Edit: This is of course my 100% biased unprofessional unknowledgeable list (I haven't even heard of 1/4 of them!)


Edited by AtomicBond (03/25/14 12:52 AM)

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#2251698 - 03/25/14 12:52 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: AtomicBond]
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Originally Posted By: AtomicBond
Liszt no.3

ha Good one.

I might do some rearranging of my own, but it's not about the order in this case.
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#2251699 - 03/25/14 12:52 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: AtomicBond]
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I'm sorry, but Liszt doesn't belong with those others in my opinion.

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#2251700 - 03/25/14 12:54 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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You're probably right, I'm no expert smile
But I'd definitely put Bach in position 1.

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#2251701 - 03/25/14 12:54 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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I wouldn't do precisely that, but that's a valid opinion. Liszt being in front of Beethoven is not.
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#2251702 - 03/25/14 12:57 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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Okay, pick three pieces from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Three each.

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#2251706 - 03/25/14 01:01 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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I'll take a stab at the first 20 composers on the list.

Wagner - no comment.
Tchaikovsky - The Seasons.
Handel - Suite in E, Bb, E minor. laugh
Stravinsky - Tango in D minor.
Dvorak - is there anything?
Verdi - searched on Verdi piano music and came up with this. Needless to say, not a masterpiece.
Mahler - I don't know of a single work.
Berlioz - equally sparse.
Vivaldi - he wrote some keyboard suites, but I'm not familiar with them. I doubt I'm missing much. wink
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#2251707 - 03/25/14 01:02 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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Well, fair enough, I've never even learned anything by Liszt anyway smile
But from my experience with Beethoven, a lot of his music is very... bland, almost. Some of it is extremely memorable, such as Symphony no.5/no.9/Fur Elise/Moonlight Sonata, but a lot of it sounds the same, and being quite simplified.
I know I'm treading dangerous ground here smile (either that of I jumped off the cliff already), but it seems to me like it's just complex ideas, simplified over simple chords, if that makes sense.
Sort of hard to explain my position smile

I'll just leave it at that

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#2251708 - 03/25/14 01:05 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Verdi - searched on Verdi piano music and came up with this. Needless to say, not a masterpiece.

You're right. I don't think it's Verdi good either.

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#2251709 - 03/25/14 01:06 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
Okay, pick three pieces from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Three each.

Bach - Goldbergs, WTC, KDF. Is that cheating? laugh
Mozart - Sonatas in C minor, D major, A minor, C major. (That's DEFINITELY cheating. ha)
Beethoven - 106-111-120? But that leaves out 109.
Chopin - 52-58-60, most likely.
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#2251710 - 03/25/14 01:07 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: AtomicBond]
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Originally Posted By: AtomicBond
Well, fair enough, I've never even learned anything by Liszt anyway smile
But from my experience with Beethoven, a lot of his music is very... bland, almost. Some of it is extremely memorable, such as Symphony no.5/no.9/Fur Elise/Moonlight Sonata, but a lot of it sounds the same, and being quite simplified.
I know I'm treading dangerous ground here smile (either that of I jumped off the cliff already), but it seems to me like it's just complex ideas, simplified over simple chords, if that makes sense.

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#2251714 - 03/25/14 01:20 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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I'm going to hesitantly approach the next 20 composers on the list. grin

Strauss - Sonata.
Prokofiev - 8th Sonata.
Shostakovich - 2nd Sonata.
Bartok - Sonata.
Bruckner - not familiar with any piano music.
Palestrina - no comment.
Monteverdi - another no comment.
Sibelius - Sonata.
Vaughan-Williams - I don't know the piano music.
Mussorgsky - the good old Exhibition. And also the first thing on this list that's not a sonata.
Puccini - I'm guessing if it exists it's much of the same quality as that Verdi I raked up.
Purcell - Undoubtedly there are keyboard suites. grin
Rossini - see Puccini.
Elgar - I don't know of anything but transcriptions.
Rachmaninoff - 1st Sonata.
Saint-Saens - I wish he had written a sonata.
De Prez - see Palestrina (or Monteverdi).
Rimsky-Korsakov - Morceaux, Opus 15.
Weber - 4th Sonata.
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#2251715 - 03/25/14 01:23 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
Okay, pick three pieces from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. Three each.

(Assuming collections such as Die Kunst der Fuge aren't invited) Bach: BWVs 911, 914, 1056 (approximately as transcribed by Stradal), Mozart...pfft, laugh K 355, 540 (2nd movement only), I can't think of a third...um...what's his shortest piece? wink Beethoven: Pathetique, Moonlight, Opus 133 (awaiting satisfactory transcription), Chopin: Cello sonata, E minor nocturne, Album Leaf. Um...that "100 greatest composers" list... laugh Someone either has a very good sense of humour or a very strange sense of taste; Vivaldi ahead of Purcell? Byrd ahead of Gibbons? Weber ahead of Webern? I'm not sure I could agree with a single placement...um...where's Penderecki? I recognise that the vast majority of my favourites don't make the list out of some form of celestial reprisal, but I thought Penderecki at least was in the public eye enough to contend with Cage...*sigh*...what are yours, Joel? Choices, I mean smile
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#2251716 - 03/25/14 01:23 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: Polyphonist]
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Saint-Saens - I wish he had written a sonata.

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#2251717 - 03/25/14 01:26 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: FSO]
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Someone either has a very good sense of humour or a very strange sense of taste; Vivaldi ahead of Purcell? Byrd ahead of Gibbons? Weber ahead of Webern? I'm not sure I could agree with a single placement...um...where's Penderecki?

Let's see your list of 100. grin
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#2251719 - 03/25/14 01:30 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: Polyphonist]
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Let's see your list of 100. grin

Would you like that list in the Latin alphabet or the Cyrillic? wink
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#2251720 - 03/25/14 01:31 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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The former would be easier on the eyes.
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#2251721 - 03/25/14 01:32 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: FSO]
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Originally Posted By: FSO
*sigh*...what are yours, Joel? Choices, I mean smile
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Bach: BWV 147, 779, 850

Mozart: K. 281, 330, 333

Beethoven: Op. 13, 53, 57

Chopin: Op. 52, 54, 58

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#2251723 - 03/25/14 01:35 AM Re: If you could only play once piece by each composer [Re: JoelW]
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Wagner: Fantasy, Prelude in G, Prelude in E minor.
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