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  1. Standard member ivan2908
    SelfProclaimedTitler
    18 May '09 17:10
    Hello. I would like to know (in brief, I don't want to take too much of your time, in case you are willing to help) some most notable composers and compositions through the 20th century classical music for piano. I am not interested in cycles as much as in one-movement pieces. (written neo-classicaly or in some avantgarde style). Tonal and atonal, from aleotorics to modern polyphony, from twelve note system to tonal lyric pieces, all informations are welcome and highly appreciated. I did some research online but from my experience I know that in this way I could get more quality information.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. 18 May '09 20:39
    Originally posted by ivan2908
    Hello. I would like to know (in brief, I don't want to take too much of your time, in case you are willing to help) some most notable composers and compositions through the 20th century classical music for piano. I am not interested in cycles as much as in one-movement pieces. (written neo-classicaly or in some avantgarde style). Tonal and atonal, from aleo ...[text shortened]... experience I know that in this way I could get more quality information.

    Thanks in advance.
    Hindemith wrote good piano music, as did Gershwin.
  3. 18 May '09 21:02 / 1 edit
    John Cage, definately.
    Olivier Messiaen wrote some great organ pieces, if you're not that picky. (don't know if he made any good piano music)
    And Erik Satie, though he is late 19th/early 20th century - same for Debussy and Ravel.
    Then there's the minimalist school as well, of course, Pärt, Reich, Glass, etc. (though I'm not sure how much piano works Reich and Glass have made, I haven't heard that much of their stuff)
  4. 18 May '09 22:18
    Originally posted by ivan2908
    Hello. I would like to know (in brief, I don't want to take too much of your time, in case you are willing to help) some most notable composers and compositions through the 20th century classical music for piano. I am not interested in cycles as much as in one-movement pieces. (written neo-classicaly or in some avantgarde style). Tonal and atonal, from aleo ...[text shortened]... experience I know that in this way I could get more quality information.

    Thanks in advance.
    Have to mention Morton Feldman's late piano pieces:
    "For Bunita Marcus"

    "Triadic Memories"

    Sublimely beautiful.
  5. 19 May '09 01:24
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    John Cage, definately.
    Olivier Messiaen wrote some great organ pieces, if you're not that picky. (don't know if he made any good piano music)
    And Erik Satie, though he is late 19th/early 20th century - same for Debussy and Ravel.
    Then there's the minimalist school as well, of course, Pärt, Reich, Glass, etc. (though I'm not sure how much piano works Reich and Glass have made, I haven't heard that much of their stuff)
    I forgot Satie. He's good too. Can't say the same for the others though. I loathe minimalism with a passion.
  6. Subscriber davaniel
    1.Nf3
    19 May '09 07:51
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    John Cage, definately.
    Olivier Messiaen wrote some great organ pieces, if you're not that picky. (don't know if he made any good piano music)
    And Erik Satie, though he is late 19th/early 20th century - same for Debussy and Ravel.
    Then there's the minimalist school as well, of course, Pärt, Reich, Glass, etc. (though I'm not sure how much piano works Reich and Glass have made, I haven't heard that much of their stuff)
    Messiaen wrote great piano music. The stuff I'm familiar with (Vingt Regards, Catalogue d'Oiseaux) is quite hard though.
    Check out Shostakovich's 24 Preludes or some of his Preludes & Fugues.
  7. 19 May '09 17:44
    Originally posted by davaniel
    Messiaen wrote great piano music. The stuff I'm familiar with (Vingt Regards, Catalogue d'Oiseaux) is quite hard though.
    Check out Shostakovich's 24 Preludes or some of his Preludes & Fugues.
    Yeah, Shostakovich is pretty good.
  8. 21 May '09 00:53
    Rachmaninoff.
  9. Standard member ivan2908
    SelfProclaimedTitler
    21 May '09 21:09
    Originally posted by scherzo
    Rachmaninoff.
    Let me correct myself... 1950 an onward.. 🙂
  10. 22 May '09 01:19
    Originally posted by ivan2908
    Let me correct myself... 1950 an onward.. 🙂
    Oh. Ives' later work, and Copeland.