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#521696 - 12/31/06 03:45 PM Five greatest pieces ever
phonehome Offline
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I'd like to know what all the pianists on here consider to be the five greatest works ever written for any medium.

Here's my list.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Mahler Symphony No. 9
Handel: The Messiah
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

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#521697 - 12/31/06 04:08 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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I can't choose, but i sat thru all of Handel's Messiah in Carnegie Hall, and I couldn't say that its up there. Half of the people left after the last part of Section 2 (the Haleluja thing)

The only reason i didn't fall asleep is because we stopped by starbucks on the way there.

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#521698 - 12/31/06 04:27 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Not entirely sure that the Rachmaninoff 3rd should be up there. I'd personally replace that with the Rachmaninoff 2nd.
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#521699 - 12/31/06 06:45 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Purely based on their aesthetic qualities (and my preferences...!)

Britten - War Requiem
Rautavaara - Cantus Arcticus
Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Sondheim - Sweeney Todd
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

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#521700 - 12/31/06 07:22 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Most irritating songs that you hear in a piano store:

1.) Sarah Hale: Mary Had a Little Lamb
2.) Ludwig Van Beethoven: Fur Elise
3.) Euphonia Allen (under the pseudonym Arthur DiLulli): Chopsticks
4.) Frank Loesser: Heart and Soul
5.) Paul S. Boyer: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.
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#521701 - 12/31/06 07:25 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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I agree 100% with Jeff135.
I consider Rach 2 a unique masterpiece, while Rach 3 sounds more.. hah how can I say without offending Rach.. \:D

My list: (it will probably change in 2 minutes)

MOZART - Requiem
RACHMANINOV - Piano concerto no.2
TCHAIKOVSKY - Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVSKY - Piano Concerto no.1
RAVEL - Gaspard de la Nuit

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#521702 - 12/31/06 07:33 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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The true answer? Here:

Tristan und Isolde;
Parsifal;
Wagner, no, no;
"Hammerklavier";
Don Giovanni;
Sonata in B minor.

(A rather boring list, in a way... but what can I do?)

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#521703 - 12/31/06 07:35 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
Antonius Hamus Offline
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Hey, I'll replace X with Kreisleriana...

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#521704 - 12/31/06 08:14 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Beethoven symphony 3
Beethoven piano concerto 4
Beethoven voilin concerto
Beethoven piano sonata op.106
Beethoven string quartet op.132

sorry, no room for others now...

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#521705 - 12/31/06 08:50 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
ecm Offline
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Another list:
Beethoven sypmhony 9
Mozart requiem
Rachmaninov PC 2
Prokofiev sonata 7
Ravel Tzigane (violin and orchestra)

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#521706 - 12/31/06 09:17 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Had to make 7 cus these are all tied for the greatest, there's no way for me to break it down any more:
Mozart Requiem
Bach B minor mass
Handel Messiah
Cherubini Requiem
Brahms German Requiem
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Mozart Mass in C minor

is there a pattern here? lol

hamus I like your choice of Kreisleriana though

and next 5 runners up are:

Brahms 4th symphony
Mozart Coronation Mass
Brahms 1st Piano Concerto
Beethoven 5th Piano Concerto
Brahms F minor Piano Quintet
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#521707 - 12/31/06 09:31 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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I think Rach 2 is definitely "prettier" than Rach 3, but I think the 3rd is a superior piece as far as flow, theme development, and final impact go. Pieces that barely missed my list were:

Beethoven 4th piano concerto
Wagner Tristan and Isolde
Bach Passion of St. Matthew
Brahms Requiem
Mahler's 5th Symphony
Schumann Phantasie
Liszt Sonata in B minor

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#521708 - 01/01/07 01:19 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
verywellmister Offline
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Liszt b minor sonata
Beethoven Sonata in C minor Op.111
Mozart Requiem
Brahms Concerto no.2 in Bb
Ravel Tzigane
Bach Well-Tempered Clavier
Prokofiev Concerto no.2 in G minor, Op.16
Beethoven Concerto no.4 in G
Schumann Fantasy, Op.17
Chopin Sonata no.3
Chopin Ballade no.4

so many...
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#521709 - 01/01/07 04:46 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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 Quote:
Originally posted by signa:

sorry, no room for others now...
Evidently ... ;\)
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#521710 - 01/01/07 04:57 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Forced to choose just five, here goes:

Beethoven- Symphony 9
Wagner- Gotterdamerung
Schumann- Fantasie in C
Bach- Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor
Elgar- Dream of Gerontius
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#521711 - 01/01/07 04:58 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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1 cave man dude - ray me far
2 cave man dudes cave chick - so lah te
3 cave man dudes agent - doh (agents always focus on doh)
4 bach - the next development in music. We owe it all to him
5 if one looks at the non classical forum you will see that "Let it Be" by one Paul Mc Cartney is a quite possibly the best tune ever.

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#521712 - 01/01/07 05:11 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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How could I forgot Schoenberg - Verklachte Nacht (spelling?)

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#521713 - 01/01/07 06:12 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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 Quote:
Originally posted by ecm:
How could I forgot Schoenberg - Verklachte Nacht (spelling?)
Yeah, that's a pretty cool piece. Can anyone make any sense of the post above yours, ecm?
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#521714 - 01/01/07 06:14 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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sorry, double post.
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#521715 - 01/01/07 06:20 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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This is hard.
Shostakovich - Violin Concerto Nº1
Arvo Pärt - Festina lente and Cantus in the memory of Benjamin Britten
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring
Bartók - Music for Strings,Percussion and Celesta

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#521716 - 01/01/07 10:32 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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As the posts here so nicely illustrate, the "five greatest pieces ever" have different faces and names depending on the ears and brains on the receiving end. And I bet many would have a somewhat different list next year, and the year after...

This is one of the great things about what we call "art" (for lack of a better word): it speaks differently to different people at different times and in different ways--in other words, it is almost infinitely varied, even when nothing concrete has actually changed (same notes on the page, for example...) I know some people get all up in arms at "Top 10" lists and the like, but I think it's kind of cool that you can have a sincere personal top five that might include 200 or 300 pieces over the course of a lifetime!
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#521717 - 01/01/07 10:34 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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 Quote:
Originally posted by argerichfan:
 Quote:
Originally posted by ecm:
Can anyone make any sense of the post above yours, ecm? [/b]
Yes, I think AJB's top five come from '60's, and he still has a stash.
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#521718 - 01/02/07 04:51 AM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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 Quote:
Originally posted by HammerHead:
Yes, I think AJB's top five come from '60's, and he still has a stash.
Oh, so that's where this is all coming from. (Perhaps I need to ask my mum for '60's clarification... but she was more into Cream and that stuff.)

But we need to go easy on the old burned-out classical music hippies. They really thought serialism was the wave of the future. They wrote volumes attesting to the apparent fact that Mahler's Das Lied was supposed to be the birth of "modern music". Good grief: Mahler, a 19th century poseur as a 20th century visionary. Will wonders ever cease?

These same people said Elgar was a relic of Colonel Blimp and Empire. My, the axes that must be grinded at all costs, reality be damned.
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#521719 - 01/02/07 06:42 AM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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To me the greatest piece ever is often the the one I just listened to....

So the concert-year 2006 both as listener and choir-singer gave me 5 heights:

Joseph Rheinberger: Stabat Mater
Egil Hovland: "Du såg mig"
J.S. Bach: Motet: "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied"
W.A. Mozart: Pianoconcert 23 (A major)
Edvard Grieg : Ballade G minor (piano)

(and then I would have liked to add Chopin's Eminor piano concert, Faure's Siciliano, Mozarts Missa Brevis (Gmajor), Mahlers 5th symphony....and all other wonderful music I have heard live this year.)

Ecm : I think it spells "Verklärte Nacht" (Some years since I heard this piece - it is like a key to your hidden sorrows)

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#521720 - 01/02/07 08:29 AM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Setting aside such things as most popular pieces, or most seminal influence on other composers, I'll stay simply with those compositions that have the greatest emotional impact on me.

Chopin - 3rd Sonata
Puccini - La Boheme
Schubert - Der Wintereisse
Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavelier
Verdi - Requiem

Now for some runners-up in no particular order

Handel - Messiah
Cantaloube - Songs of the Auvergne
Orff - Carmina Burana
Rossini - Barber of Seville
Gilbert & Sullivan - Iolanthe
Mahler - 8th Symphony
Faure - Requiem
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake
Resphigi - Pines of Rome
Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus
Wager - Das Reingold
Rodgers - Oklahoma
Copland - Rodeo
Bach - St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven - any string quartet, plus the quartet from Fidelio
Mozart - too difficult to choose

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#521721 - 01/02/07 08:38 AM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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 Quote:
Originally posted by USAPianoTrucker:
Most irritating songs that you hear in a piano store:

1.) Sarah Hale: Mary Had a Little Lamb
2.) Ludwig Van Beethoven: Fur Elise
3.) Euphonia Allen (under the pseudonym Arthur DiLulli): Chopsticks
4.) Frank Loesser: Heart and Soul
5.) Paul S. Boyer: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition. [/b]
You mean that someone actually admitted to "composing" Chopsticks?? Well I never! \:D \:D
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#521722 - 01/02/07 09:45 AM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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1. Linus and Lucy
2. Spongbob square pants theme song (aye aye captine)
3. Your Song - Elton John
4. Hanon Exercise #7
5. The Mario theme played by a blindfolded kid.
\:D \:D

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#521723 - 01/02/07 01:13 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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I'm going to pick my favorite of the more popular pieces:

1. Debussy - Clair de Lune
2. Beethoven - Appassionata
3. Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto no2
4. Brahms - Violin concerto
5. Brahms - Variations/Fugue on a theme by Handel (just because I wanted to include it not because it's overly popular)

Really hard to pick 5. I limited to classical only.

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#521724 - 01/02/07 08:06 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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1. Liszt Ballade No. 2
2. Rach 2
3. Mozart 20
4. Beethoven Appassionata
5. Liszt Mephisto Waltz

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#521725 - 01/03/07 12:21 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Schuetz: Musicalische Exeguien
Bach: Mattaus-Passion
Haydn: Schoepfung
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Beethoven: 9th symphony
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