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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2018, 03:43:45 AM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/GETFcTMU1JA" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/GETFcTMU1JA</a>

Honestly not even a difficult choice. There's not a lot of other music that I listen to and immediately hit the loop button to hear again.
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« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2018, 04:08:18 AM »
Great choices!


Re: Medtner - I remember a few years ago posting that I had a disc (Naxos) featuring his Piano Quintet in C major. You replied, which led to me exploring his music further.
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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2018, 04:15:30 AM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/GETFcTMU1JA" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/GETFcTMU1JA</a>

Honestly not even a difficult choice. There's not a lot of other music that I listen to and immediately hit the loop button to hear again.

Oh, this is gorgeous, this.... Looks like i need to explore Poulenc's piano music sharpish...  0:)
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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2018, 05:38:49 AM »
Piano Sonata No.8 in E minor by Peter Davis.

Peter is my brother - he wrote this after his wife (my sister-in-law, who was more like my sister) died in 2013. I've always encouraged Peter (a retired Parliament lawyer) to 'do something' about his music but I don't suppose that he ever will. One of the earlier sonatas is dedicated to me which I am obviously very touched by. He made CDs for his close family and I'm listening to it again now. It lasts about 35 minutes. Bruckner is his main influence I think although I find his music original and moving - obviously I am biased!
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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2018, 06:46:05 AM »
Chopin c minor Nocturne Op.48 no.1 or Scriabin's 5th Sonata or Debussy Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut or Franck Prelude, choral et fugue  0:)

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« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2018, 09:32:24 AM »
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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #26 on: March 11, 2018, 09:52:10 AM »
Like Jessop, I’m sort of confused by this thread’s idea: do piano suites count as one piece or only individual movements within the piano suite are allowed? I understand picking one piano work, but there needs to be some elaboration on whether I could pick say Bartók's Out of Doors in it’s entirety. Also, shouldn’t this thread be in ‘The Polling Station’ section of the forum?
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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2018, 05:55:59 PM »
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E minor, op.109

Me too. Except I think the key is E major.

Variations 4, 5 and 6 of the last movement = orgasmic.


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« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2018, 06:00:14 PM »
Like Jessop, I’m sort of confused by this thread’s idea: do piano suites count as one piece or only individual movements within the piano suite are allowed? I understand picking one piano work, but there needs to be some elaboration on whether I could pick say Bartók's Out of Doors in it’s entirety. Also, shouldn’t this thread be in ‘The Polling Station’ section of the forum?

It's not a poll though, it's just asking us to name a favorite piano work. Plus too many forum sections relating to the same general topic (classic music) are detrimental to small forums like this.

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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2018, 06:04:09 PM »
I thought about this and if I can only have one piano work then I want Debussy’s Préludes, Books I & II. Not only is this work absolutely gorgeous, but it is a thrill for me to read about each piece within the work itself and rediscovering each of these piece’s individuality. I’d love to see someone like Samuel Andreyev analyze at least one book from Préludes. It would probably take him an hour to do one book as this is how thorough and detailed he is with his analyses. Anyway, this is the piano work I’d take to the desert island even though I do love so many of his other works for piano and not to mention Ravel and Janáček!
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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2018, 01:26:05 AM »
I thought about this and if I can only have one piano work then I want Debussy’s Préludes, Books I & II. Not only is this work absolutely gorgeous, but it is a thrill for me to read about each piece within the work itself and rediscovering each of these piece’s individuality (...)

If you count those pieces as one work and a possible entry, this could be my choice as well.

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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #31 on: March 13, 2018, 03:41:48 AM »
I thought about this and if I can only have one piano work then I want Debussy’s Préludes, Books I & II. Not only is this work absolutely gorgeous, but it is a thrill for me to read about each piece within the work itself and rediscovering each of these piece’s individuality. I’d love to see someone like Samuel Andreyev analyze at least one book from Préludes. It would probably take him an hour to do one book as this is how thorough and detailed he is with his analyses. Anyway, this is the piano work I’d take to the desert island even though I do love so many of his other works for piano and not to mention Ravel and Janáček!

When I studied composition, part of the tuition was always study of this or that piece from the literature.  The Debussy Préludes were among the first pieces my composition instructor had me dig into.
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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2018, 05:31:26 AM »
Piano is my favourite instrument so this is hard. Super hard. Impossible, actually. Debussy, Schubert, Satie, Skempton, Southam, Cage's Sonatas for prepared piano, Riley's Lisbon Concert, Pärt's Für Alina.. man oh man.

Better keep it simple:

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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #33 on: March 13, 2018, 05:38:19 AM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/lJzVEuv5TXo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/lJzVEuv5TXo</a>

That's great.

The idea behind this thread is: post that solo piano work (be it a full sonata or suite, or parts thereof, or a stand-alone piece) that you are never tired of, and always in the mood for, listening. Afaic, this is different from "favorite solo piano work". Ymmv.
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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #34 on: March 13, 2018, 06:09:15 AM »
..that you are never tired of, and always in the mood for, listening. Afaic, this is different from "favorite solo piano work".

Ah, good. Then I'm perfectly content with my final choice :)

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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2018, 06:35:30 AM »
When I studied composition, part of the tuition was always study of this or that piece from the literature.  The Debussy Préludes were among the first pieces my composition instructor had me dig into.

Excellent, Karl. 8)
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« Reply #36 on: March 13, 2018, 06:37:37 AM »
Aye, Debussy taught me much  0:)   (Though, my music does not necessarily sound it . . . .)
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« Reply #37 on: March 13, 2018, 06:45:26 AM »
Aye, Debussy taught me much  0:)   (Though, my music does not necessarily sound it . . . .)

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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #38 on: March 13, 2018, 08:12:18 AM »
This might not be the choice tomorrow but https://youtu.be/pUTXNxFvjDw
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Re: One and Only One Solo Piano Piece
« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2018, 09:53:31 AM »
Beethoven op.109
Chopin 4th Ballade
Contrapunctus 8
Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
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