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your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« on: November 02, 2017, 03:36:09 AM »
I this thought already this existed. Maybe it doesn't. Most of my music collection involves the keyboard and much of it is comprised of solo keyboard works. Who are your favorite 10 composers of solo keyboard works (obviously these composers might have composed other types of works as well)?
At the moment mine are maybe
Bach
Froberger
L Couperin
Debussy
Schumann
Feldman

Maybe Satie, Shoshtakovich, Frescobaldi and Cage

My list changes from time to time. But I'm interested in what people think. I wouldn't mine if people wanted to also give the reason for their choices.
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 03:47:04 AM »
I this thought already this existed. Maybe it doesn't. Most of my music collection involves the keyboard and much if it is comprised of solo keyboard works. Who are your favorite 10 composers of solo keyboard works (obviously these composers might have composed other types of works as well)?
At the moment mine are maybe
Bach
Froberger
L Couperin
Debussy
Schumann
Feldman

Maybe Satie, Shoshtakovich, Frescobaldi and Cage

My list changes from time to time. But I'm interested in what people think. I wouldn't mine if people wanted to also give the reason for their choices.
Off the top of my head (in chronological order):

Rameau
Bach
Beethoven
Schubert
Liszt
Albéniz
Busoni
Debussy
Ravel
Boulez

Scarlatti, Mozart, Schoenberg , Enescu et al. could alway appear on the list (substituting--almost--any of the names  above). Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 03:52:29 AM »
A genre I don't listen to often other than the 6 I listed below. But I love the works that these 6 have produced.

Bach
Rameau
Forqueray
Schubert
Satie
Prokofiev

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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 03:56:16 AM »
I this thought already this existed. Maybe it doesn't. Most of my music collection involves the keyboard and much if it is comprised of solo keyboard works. Who are your favorite 10 composers of solo keyboard works (obviously these composers might have composed other types of works as well)?
At the moment mine are maybe
Bach
Froberger
L Couperin
Debussy
Schumann
Feldman

Maybe Satie, Shoshtakovich, Frescobaldi and Cage

My list changes from time to time. But I'm interested in what people think. I wouldn't mine if people wanted to also give the reason for their choices.

Scriabin - because of the sonatas, occult gateways to another dimension 8)!
Beethoven -    "          "    "     "       , spiritual gateways to the soul  0:) !
Bach - because of everything, but especially everything for organ!
Vierne - because of the six organ symphonies!
Liszt - because of everything, but especially Years of Pilgrimage.
Rameau - because it is so much fun to hear his keyboard works!
Schubert - because of everything, but especially the last sonata!
Ravel - because of everything, but especially Gaspard de la Nuit
Schumann - because of everything, but especially Kinderszenen!
Prokofiev - because of everything, but especially the Toccata Opus 11.
Schoenberg - because of everything, but especially the Fuenf Stuecke, Opus 23!
Rachmaninov - because of everything, but especially the Sonatas and the Etudes Tableaux!

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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 04:18:26 AM »
Beethoven
JS Bach
Chopin
Schumann
Debussy
Schubert
Brahms
D. Scarlatti
Rameau
Couperin
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 04:37:53 AM »
I am not really just a 'keyboard music' fan but I really like the music for those types of instruments by the following composers

Boulez
Ligeti
JS Bach
Sweelinck
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Stockhausen
Cage
Wyschnegradsky
Couperin
Messiaen
Schumann
Roslavets
Kapustin
Ustvolskaya

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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 04:41:31 AM »
Bach
Beethoven
Schubert
Chopin
Schumann

Liszt (for some of the works, that is)
Scriabin
Debussy
Rachmaninov
Feinberg (definitely among them)

( Well, maybe at least ;);
5 other candidates would be Mozart, Ravel, Medtner, Skalkottas, Sorabji )
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2017, 04:59:39 AM »
in chronological order:

Louis Couperin
JS Bach
Scarlatti
Beethoven
Schumann
Chopin
Fauré
Medtner
Debussy
Szymanowski
Cage
Kurtág
Xenakis
Ustvolskaya
Murail

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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2017, 05:02:58 AM »
in chronological order:

Louis Couperin
JS Bach
Scarlatti
Beethoven
Schumann
Chopin
Fauré
Medtner
Debussy
Szymanowski
Cage
Kurtág
Xenakis
Ustvolskaya
Murail
I like these lists with several composers I haven't well explored.

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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2017, 05:28:08 AM »
...
Stockhausen
...
Couperin
Messiaen
...
These three definitely are also among my "et al."  ;)

...
Liszt (for some of the works, that is)
...
My feeling exactly, but when he's good, he's great (my affinities laying with the late pieces, such as Am grabe Richard Wagner's, La lugubre gondola, R.W. Venezia, In Festo Transfigurationis...).
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2017, 06:53:57 AM »
Bach
Scarlatti
Beethoven
Schubert
Schumann
Chopin
Liszt
Albéniz
Debussy
Ravel
Janáček
Rachmaninov
Medtner
Scriabin
Prokofiev
Mompou
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2017, 06:56:15 AM »
Bach
Scarlatti
Beethoven
Schubert
Schumann
Chopin
Liszt
Albéniz
Debussy
Ravel
Janáček
Rachmaninov
Medtner
Scriabin
Prokofiev
Your arithmetic ability is rivalled only by your taste in music, Karlo;)

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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2017, 07:00:21 AM »
Your arithmetic ability is rivalled only by your taste in music, Karlo;)

Good day to you, my friend.  :)
Good day, Rafael! I was using the GMG definition of '10'.  0:)
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2017, 07:34:49 AM »
I’m not a huge fan of solo piano music but...

(In no particular order):

Rachmaninov
Janáček
Debussy
Ravel
Szymanowski
Scriabin
Mompou
Schumann
Liszt
Satie
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2017, 07:48:51 AM »
J.S. Bach
Haydn
Mozart
Beethoven
Schubert
Chopin
Brahms
Satie
Scriabin
Rachmaninoff
Cage

Edit: I'm the only one who has mentioned Mozart and Haydn?  :o

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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2017, 07:57:45 AM »
Almost exclusively for Territoires de l'oubli, which is honestly a masterpiece on every level, but he has other piano pieces worth hearing.

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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2017, 07:58:50 AM »
I don't know his solo piano music; but I love his writing in general.  Thanks for listing him; I need to check it out.
Marilyn Nonken's recordings of the complete solo piano Murail are wonderful.
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2017, 08:01:39 AM »
Mine would be:
Chopin
Beethoven
Schumann
Medtner (me too!)
Grainger
Godowsky
Liszt
Bortkiewicz
Gottschalk
Galuppi
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2017, 08:06:27 AM »
Good day, Rafael! I was using the GMG definition of '10'.  0:)

AMEN!!!  0:) :D  Dude, you are in the club!!!
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Re: your favorite 10 composers for solo keyboard
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2017, 08:09:01 AM »
I’m not a huge fan of solo piano music but...

(In no particular order):

Rachmaninov
Janáček
Debussy
Ravel
Szymanowski
Scriabin
Mompou
Schumann
Liszt
Satie

This could be exactly my list as well, though I'm not overly familiar with Mompou and Satie. I'd add Brahms as well as Frank Bridge for his stunningly powerful Piano Sonata which is probably my favorite solo piano work at the moment.
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