|12-02-2007, 06:19 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Memphis, Tenn and occasionally Christchurch, New Zealand
This is really more jazz, but Cecil Taylor's solo stuff is always a blast, if you like really dissonant stuff (I feel his enseble work gets too muddy, but his solo stuff is far more interesting).
If you like that bit of Cecil Taylor, you would probably like Aaron Copland's Piano Sonata and especially his Piano Variations -- that's not your typical Copland either-- much more dissonant than the more well-known symphonic stuff like Appalachian Spring or Billy the Kid (tho those are certainly wonderful pieces too)
Less dissonant stuff:
My favourite composer, Debussy here and here and my favourite here (all these are from the Preludes) and of course, there's Clair de Lune, which is unforgettable...
If Debussy is more your style, you might like the less well-known French composer Erik Satie, a contemporary of Debussy's who wrote most of his stuff for solo piano.
If minimalism is more your thing, John Adams' Phrygian Gates and China Gates are pretty good (sorry no links!).
Another great minimalist piece for two pianos is Steve Reich's Piano Phase here and here. This piece still blows my mind how all sorts of aural illusions happen-- I always here something new in this piece every time I hear it.
More than anything, I would recommend Debussy.
Sorry, I tend to have more a bias for modern stuff in my classical listening habits (except for Bach), so I'm giving you only a very limited picture of what's out there, but then, most people are more oblivious to the modern stuff, so somebody's gotta say something!
If you want specific recordings/performances, let me know & I might be able to help with that (I'm picky about my Debussy!).
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|12-02-2007, 09:30 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Sussex, UK
Some modern stuff:
Then you have the classical composers which I'm sure you're aware of, my favourite of which is Alkan.
|12-16-2007, 10:15 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2007
some obnoxiously famous ones,
Sergei Rachmaninoff (god)
Liszt wrote some amazing solo piano work **COUGH COUGH** LA CAMPANELLA **COUGH COUGH** and then of course there is the well tempered klavier
Scott Joplin wrote some cute ragtime pieces also (Maple Leaf, Entertainer).
Hope this helps
|01-02-2008, 03:32 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Fish in the percolator!
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Hobbit Land NZ
And I love Glenn Gould - I had to hear some of his stuff after I saw Silence of the Lambs and Lecter was listening to it in his cell with blood all over face and the guard's body spread-eagled and pinned up.