Piano Solos

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Piano Solos

DonSolare
Roadie

I am curious to know if there are here a few (or tons) of fans of piano music in the broadest possible sense:

 

- hard core classical music like Mozart, Haydn, Schubert

- contemporary classical like Debussy or Satie

- hard core avantgarde like Schönberg or Stockhausen

- so-called modern / minimal piano light ballades like Einaudi, Nyman, Glass

- Pop instrumentals (for piano...)

- Latin (salsa, tango, bossa nova...)

 

or any other category I am forgetting now

 

For instance, is there any K-pop for solo piano?

 

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fduniho
Roadie

I just listened to some piano covers of my favorite k-pop song from 2016, and this is the one that sounded most faithful to the original:

 

 

For reference, here is the original:

 

 

Although it's an older song, I discovered Guilty by Han Seung Yeon in 2016, and I was watching that video as much as Taeyeon's Why. Here's the cover I've found with the best sound quality. Some of the others had the mike too close to the piano.

 

 

And for reference, the original video:

 

spotify:user:128759556

fduniho
Roadie

I listen to a lot piano music, including piano transcriptions of Bach, piano sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart, the piano work of the impressionists, Debussy, Ravel, and Satie, minimalists such as Michael Nyman, and lots of new age and other solo piano, such as George Winston, Wim Mertens, Valerie Mih, Suzanne Ciani, and others. I have listened to lots of piano music on Spotify without keeping track of who the musician was.

 

A few decades ago, I would record episodes of Hearts of Space onto cassette tape, and one evening when it failed to air, VPR filled in the gap with some new age music that included this haunting piece that made me a fan of Wim Mertens.

 

spotify:track:3WbMJts5ALAsDLd0MKCN8D

 

Another favorite is Valerie Mih, whose albums I picked up for free from the now defunct site Amie Street. Unfortunately, she is not on Spotify, and her YouTube videos have poor audio quality, but you can find her on CDBaby or Amazon.

 

Suzanne Ciani is an electronic musician who has recorded piano versions of her music in her Pianissimo series of albums. Here's an example:

 

spotify:track:75fIcgx2Ky8fqQXwVdBL7z

 

I also listen so k-pop. And since you asked, here is some k-pop piano music:

 

 

In case you need a reference, here is the original video:

 

 

 

 

spotify:user:128759556

DonSolare
Roadie

@fduniho thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge, I have for several hours listening now! As a pianist myself, this is particularly important, since everybody wants to dive deeper in the instruments we play.

Juan María

GOmonkeymanGO
Roadie

I figured my recent piano/electronic playlist my be relevent to this thread. Ranges from classical to hardcore to J-pop, with all tracks including piano:

spotify:user:12143775330:playlist:2gMMjDXTa1FATiATeaxMSJ

DonSolare
Roadie
Nice music!

rosiecar
Music Fan

I just discovered a Classical comopser named Leopold Kozeluch.  He wrote a TON of sonatas for piano (as well as ensembles), and Spotify has a ton to choose from.  Here's his page:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/7C5oAOwd8u6WbaKEn7NJEl

DonSolare
Roadie

@rosiecar consider including also some piano music by Dussek., You put a Symphonie, I know. He was a personal friend of Mozart, as you possibly know.

best wishes

Juan María

rosiecar
Music Fan

If I add another piece by each composer, I will look into that.  The playlist is already over 59 hours, so I'm debating about that.

DonSolare
Roadie
You must not add, you can replace, @rosiecar

rosiecar
Music Fan

I like "classical" piano (if you want to get "picky", Mozart and Haydn were from the Classical period, Schubert and Beethoven were from the Romantic period) but not a steady diet of piano solos.  Same with harpsichord and organ.  I do love chamber music from those eras that includes piano (or not), though--trios, quartets, quintets, etc.  My favorite pianist of all time has to be Artur Rubenstein.

DonSolare
Roadie

@rosiecar about classical... when I studied music history, neo-classical were Prokofiev or Strawinsky, maybe Poulenc & Co. Now, under neo-classical they mean Ludovico Einaudi. Which technically would be neo-romantic. 

RobertovNL
Roadie

Great fan of the piano.

 

Mostly of

- contemporary classical like Debussy or Satie

- hard core avantgarde like Schönberg or Stockhausen

- so-called modern / minimal piano light ballades like Einaudi, Nyman, Glass

 

My favorite is Olivier Messiean of the avantgarde.

 

And two i found on spotify of the modern/minimal kind

Carlos Cipa

Stefano Guzzetti

LlukKas
Composer

Jorge_Segovia
Roadie

I do like all!

Prefer classical.

 

Jorge Segovia

 

 

https://play.spotify.com/artist/6DIidRzTS95J6etMpSyeg1?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_med...

 

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rosiecar
Music Fan

If you like classical music, you might like my Classical period playlist.  https://open.spotify.com/user/rosiecar92/playlist/043rURgdVRFe0Sr5K4yTwR

It's a work in progress, as I'm starting with one piece or work by each Classical period composer (that I can find), in order of the composer's birth.  I'm compiling this in part for music to study with, so there's no vocal music (opera, choral, etc.) nor organ solos.  I also don't include much solo harpsichord or piano, but piano/harpsichord ensembles and piano concertos are included.  I still have a long way to go (there were a LOT of composers in that period), and I may add a second or even third "round" of pieces for each composer (how do you pick just ONE work by Mozart or Haydn?).

rosiecar
Music Fan

Interesting.  Did you compose most of the music on your albums?

DonSolare
Roadie

@rosiecar Is a mix; it depends on which album. The initial formula was 2/3 my music, 1/3 by others. In the next one I will include one Chopin waltz (and one Chinese popular melody!), the rest is mine.

But on my album with Saxophone, only 1/4 were my own compositions.

It depends.

JM

DonSolare
Roadie

This is great, Roberto (¿italiano?).

I fon't think it is still possible to do interests groups on Spotify, but we shold definitely try to find a way of sticking together or at least in connection. For instance, I didn't know the 2 artists you mention and they are enriching my music library now.

Are you also an artist or mainly a "user"?

 

Messiaen is also one of my idols... not only his piano music, of course.

 

belle cose

Juan María

RobertovNL
Roadie

Hi Juan,

 

Im dutch. No Italiano. Sadly 🙂 because it is a beautifull country.

 

I wish also there was an interrestgroup of classical music. Now i try to respond to the few messages there are on the playlist exchange. I will follow you on spotify and include a few off your songs in my list. Always intterested in new artists. I myself enjoy listening but do not play myself.

 

Feel free to listen to the piano playlists on spotify. You will probaly find yourself in 1 of them in the future.

https://open.spotify.com/user/robertov-nl/playlist/0q54r5GwR79tUumivJRYOI

https://open.spotify.com/user/robertov-nl/playlist/3up9pQt0qZa6jPk23RadhL

 

Greetings,

DonSolare
Roadie

Hi Roberto, now I understand the "NL" in your nickname...

 

A nice suprise that you are following my profile (I am also following yours...) and that you consider including some of my music in your playlists.

 

By the way, I composed a piece called "Rutilance (prelude a la maniere de Messiaen)" which will be a perfect pitch for your other playlist - when I record it... some day. I played it live on several ocassions but there is not even a version on Youtube yet.  I will let you know.

best

JM

 

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