Chopin, MacDowell, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, some Mozart/Beethoven, Liszt, Bach is also good. I usually prefer classical music on the piano, hence my selections. Brahms should precede Rach in this list since I find him much more difficult to play well. Bach is very technical and was very innovative in his day. Not too many virtuosos who don't owe their very career to him, either.
Yes -- all of the above -- Chopin is wickedly clever, and Bach amazes me he is sooo devious; Rachmaninoff I just recently rediscovered and am happy to have done so . . . .
I don't play, but my ears sure do like to listen. . . Mozart's Requiem gives me the chills, as does Faure's; also a fan of early church music (music, not the chants so much) -- some of those early motets are fiendishly difficult to sing (the choir master nearly put me on the bench for throwing my shoe at him).
Beethoven is my favorite, but I like a lot of classical composers. My mom listens to almost nothing written after 1900, so I pretty much grew up on them. Other favorites: Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Vivaldi, some Mendelssohn and Chopin, some Saint Saens and Khachaturian and Orff and Ravel and Strauss and on and on...
Hooray -- someone who confesses liking Vivaldi! I do, too -- where I'm from it's now considered naff to admit to liking the Four Seasons -- I think it rocks and am still a great fan of Nigel Kennedy's version.
Cal Orff's Carmina Burana -- we sang that once, and had so much fun with the skipping rhythms -- it made my Latin so much better, too. . .
the Adagio is really something, eh? I've just started being able to listen to it again (it made me cry for the longest time, it is so moving) -- which leads me to ask everyone, not just Lita: how many times have you found yourself actually crying with joy at live classical or baroque or any live orchestra or quar- quin- sextet? Some folk I know won't sit near me at concerts. . .
Naw, I'm a weird romantic writer/artist thing. I drink wine and listen to emotional music in private and it inspires me--when I hear something like that I want to put it into words or paint it (somehow, sometimes both).
My head is going to explode! Thank you all for reminding me of these composers (I have dueling Bizet and Tchaikovsky in my brain at the moment, and that's quite bizzare). (There's probably a law against it, in fact).
Wish I could remember the names of all the pieces of music I like. . . I feel like such a nurp when people start throwing their first symphonies around, or say things like "don't you just melt in the slow movement?" -- which sounds rather dirty, actually, sorry.
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