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Old 01-02-2011, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Your favorite piano composers of the romantic and modern era

I've recently really got into romantic and impressionistic piano music. Ravel, Debussy and Brahms are my favourites but it'd be nice to find something new to listen.
Some recommendations of your favorite 19th and 20th century composers would be appreciated.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ligeti's études are pretty damn awesome. Those I think fall somewhere in line with the 1960s.


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Old 01-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, I'll check him out.
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Mendelssohn and Chopin.
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If you consider Beethoven a romantic composer (some people do, some don't), then Beethoven would be my choice pick. I mean c'mon, The Pathetique, Moonlight, Hammerklavier, and Pastoral sonatas are ace. Not to mention the various piano concertos he wrote.
If you consider Ludwig classical, then my answer would probably be Debussy. Gorgeous music, especially the Arabesques, Reflects Dans'leau, and the preludes.
I'm also just starting to get into Ravel now, I heard this track on a romantic era piano compilation today.

I really need to hear more of Ravel's work now.
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Beethoven can be romantic sometimes....
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Chopin!
Listen to his two piano concertos, they are amazing.
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Liszt's piano concertos are otherworldly. Though I suppose it's not pure piano, I still can't get enough of how well the piano is utilized in the scenario. Beethoven's piano sonatas are other choice picks, but as mentioned above, some consider him to have composed before the Romantic movement, and not at the beginning of it.
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Satie, although technically he's more impressionist than either romantic or modern. He's not really my favorite but he's definitely worth mentioning. Some of my favorites of his:

If you play piano you'd probably enjoy playing this one; it doesn't have any measures:


And of course:
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Hmmm... Thought this was only for 19th and 20th century pieces. A lot of the pieces mentioned above obviously predate that. That's why I barred my original mention of one Domenico Scarlatti.



The guy's work is ****ing nuts. Probably the most underrated pianist, and by far writes some of the most technically challenging/sounding pieces I've ever heard.

Another amazing one that fits in the time period. Rachmaninov:

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