Top 100 Piano (solo) Great Pieces

May 2, 2015

Write 100 your favorite piano solo pieces.
I know it's too much! but start writing until completing your list.
BTW, Arrangements and Transcriptions are considered as a piano solo piece.


1.Chopin: Polonaise Op.53
2.Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op.32 No.10
3.Bach-Liszt: Prelude and Fugue BWV 543
4.Beethoven: Sonata Op.57
5.Chopin: Etude Op.25 No.11
6.Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux Op.16 No.4
7.Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op.32 No.5
8.Liszt: Paganini Etude No.6
9.Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
10.Chopin: Fantaise-Impromptu Op.66
11.Beethoven: Sonata Op.27 No.2
12.Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op.3 No.2
13.Chopin: Etude Op.10 No.4
14.Liszt: Paganini Etude No.3
15.Liszt: Paganini Etude No.5
16.Schubert-Liszt: Schwanengesang D.957
17.Scarlatti: Sonata K.9
18. Mozart: Sonata K.331
19.Beethoven: Sonata Op.106
20.Chopin: Sonata Op.35
21.Liszt: Sonata S.178
22.Scriabin: Sonata Op.23
23.Chopin: Etude Op.25 No.2
24.Liszt: Paganini Etude No.1
25.Liszt: Paganini Etude No.2
26.Beethoven: Sonata Op.13
27.Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op.23 No.5
28.Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op.32 No.12
29.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.33 No.7
30.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.33 No.8
31.Schubert: Impromptu D.899 No.2
32.Chopin: Ballade Op.47
33.Chopin: Polonaise Op.40
34.Liszt: Liebesträume No.3
35.Chopin: Nocturne Op.37 No.2
36.Chopin: Etude Op.10 No.2
37.Chopin: Etude Op.10 No.12
38.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.33 No.4
39.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.39 No.5
40.Byrd: Hughe Ashton's Ground
41.Chopin: Prelude Op.28 No.15
42.Liszt: Transcendental Etude No.2
43.Chopin: Mazurka Op.6 No.1
44.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.39 No.3
45.Strauss-Tausig: Nacht Falter Op.157
46.Schubert-Liszt: Gretchen am Spinnrade Op.2
47.Bach: Invention BWV 773
48.Bach: Italian Concerto BWV 971
49.Balakirev: Islamey Op.18
50.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.33 No.2
51.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.39 No.6
52.Schubert: Impromptu D.899 No.3
53.Bach: Partita BWV 830
54.Schubert-Liszt: Erlkönig D.328
55.Mozart: Sonata K.332
56.Bach: Overture(Partita) BWV 831
57.Chopin: Fantaise Op.49
58.Chopin: Ballade Op.52
59.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.33 No.5
60.Strauss-Tausig: Man Lebt Nur Einmal Op.167
61.Chopin: Scherzo Op.31
62.Chopin: Polonaise "in G# minor" (Without Opus Number)
63.Chopin: Mazurka "in A minor" (Without Opus Number)
64.Chopin: Prelude Op.28 No.18
65.Chopin: Etude Op.25 No.12
66.Chopin: Waltz Op.70 No.2
67.Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1
68.Liszt: Transcendental Etude No.12
69.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.39 No.1
70.Rachmaninoff: Etude Op.39 No.2
71.Rismky-Korsakov_Rachmaninoff: Flight of The Bumble Bee
72.Scriabin: Etude Op.9 No.11
73.Bach-Tausig: Toccata and Fugue BWV 565
74.Liszt: La lugubre gondola No.1
75.Brahms: Waltz Op.39 No.15
76.Mendelssohn: Lider ohne Worte Op.30 No.6
77.Schubert: Impromptu D.935 No.4
78.Busoni: Toccata
79.C.M.P.Weber: Aufforderung zum Tanz Op.65
80.Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.15
My Top 100 Piano (solo) Pieces: (For me classical piano is the greatest among all the genres, so all this list is classical music)
1. Allegretto Alla Barbaresca from Alkan’s Solo Piano Concerto (Charles Valentin Alkan) The most astonishing piano pieces and has a cool climax according to me. This piece looks extremely hard (for my perspective), and it has a perfect balance between extreme technique, cool show (finger movement and hand movement to watch), great structure, ingeniuos chromatic, beautiful harmony and melody. The notation in some part of this piece is also creative. The perfection of piano, too bad this piece is not that famous
2. Toccata & Fugue in D Minor after Busoni (Johann Sebastian Bach & Busoni)-->You know, Bach is the one of greatest composer, greatest musician, greatest genius, greatest polymath ever known. This work was one of his best, mathematically beautiful and genius, the top in the art's world, even Einstein likes it (Einstein's theory based on Bach & Mozart's musical perception). Even after Busoni (Piano version) doesn't change it's boundaries and other elements. Almost as same as the original version and as majestically as organ version (original version) . This piece more likes represents perfection and true beauty in our boundaries Mother of Universe to us. What make this piece great isn't just about the music, it's also about the spirituality, religiously, and loyalty to God. God bless this piece.
3. Impression No.3 "The Sanctuary" (Hoffman)-->Infamous extremely great piano piece (According to me, I found this by accident), I listened it like I'm in the higher dimension world . This piece is very genius in my perspective and it also has an unusual style (this piece doesn't have melody, probably) and unusual ingenious structure. This piece also only have 2 bars and didn't have time signature!
4. Ligeti Etude No.13 "Devil's Staircase" (Ligeti)-->This is bloody piece, an extremely dark and it is haunting for me. O God! It has ffffff (forte forte forte forte forte fortississbbzzzzztttt...) make this piece is one of the loudest music ever made! Evil genius.
5. Ave Maria (Piano Version) (Johann Sebastian Bach)-->This is considered to be one of the Bach's best works, one of the greatest music, one of the greatest human achievements. Even this is simple but extremely genius, mathematically beautiful. It even can made water's particle become hexagonal! I also surprised but this is after research.
6. Crazy Little Star of Death (RetroUniversalHT)-->The greatest, hardest, craziest impovisation on Mozart so far I know. I must say this is genius, even because it's brilliance can make normal computer error (When this piece played in computer MIDI) One of the hardest music ever made probably, it has 1000000 notes!
7. Prokofiev Etude Op.2 No.1 (Prokofiev)-->Almost same like number 1, but a smaller piece . It also has a cool melody (one of the coolest I ever heard actually), a dark force and quiet easy listening.
8. Processing...

-Adyson the professional amateur musician-
100 is a long list! But here are some of my favourites:

1. Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
2. Liszt: Sonata in B minor
3. Rachmaninoff: Sonata no. 2
4. Rachmanioff: Suite no.1 for 2 pianos
5. Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Chopin
6. Liszt: Jeux d'eau a la villa d'este
7. Scriabin: Sonata no. 4
8. Scriabin: Vers la Flamme
9. Rachmaninoff: Etude-tableau op. 39 no. 2
10. Debussy: L'isle Joyeuse
11. Ravel: Une barque sur l'ocean
12. Ravel: Jeux d'eau
13. Liszt: Harmonies du Soir
14. Liszt: Ricordanza
15. Rachmaninoff: Etude-tableau op. 39 no. 8
16. Prokofiev: Etude op. 2 no. 1
17. Prokofiev: Suggestion Diabolique
18. Rachmanionff: Moments musicaux op. 16 (Every piece in the set is fantastic and goes on this list!)
24. Chopin: Marche Funèbre
25. Chopin: Scherzo no. 2
26. Ravel: Toccata from le Tombeau de Couperin
Prokoviev : toccata op. 11
Bach (Kempff) : siciliano from flute sonata n.2
Frank (Bauer) : prelude fugue et variation op. 18
Scriabin : etude op. 8 n. 12
Ginastera : danzas argentinas
Moszkowski : caprice espagnol
...ciao Sepehr
Awesome idea!
I'll post mine later this week.
@Adyson Mahardhika 2: I imagine when your list is finished! then you can publish it as a booklet!
Anyway continue writing; I'll promise to read it all.
@Pianok98: Welcome back!
@Giuseppe: ciao amico prego estendere la lista, che sia troppo corto! (I hope this sentences be true!)
@NFL: Sure, that is an awesome idea! So I'm waiting
Nono: Sofferte ondo serene [piano with tape, still counts though]
Scriabin: Sonata no. 10
Carter: Night Fantasy
Hosokawa: Nacht Klange
Szymanowski: Sonata no. 3
Crumb: Makrokosmos I
Scriabin: Sonata no. 7
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Crumb: Makrokosmos II
Pintscher: Whirling Tissue of Light
Scriabin: Etudes op. 65
Bach: Partita no. 6
Scriabin: Vers la Flamme
Furrer: Phasma
Scriabin: Sonata no. 6
Roslavets: Sonata no. 1
Scriabin: Sonata no. 9
Roslavets: Three Etudes
Scriabin: Poemes op. 69
Murail: Territoires de l’oubli
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared piano
Medtner: Sonatas op. 53
Chopin: Nocturnes op. 62
Liszt: Années de Pelerinage no. 3
Beethoven: Sonata op. 109
Scriabin: Sonata no. 5
Furrer: Voicelessness
Bach: Partita no. 2
Szymanowski: Etudes op. 33
Medtner: Sonata Tragica
Berg: Sonata in B minor
Bach: Well Tempered Clavier II
Szymanowski: Etudes op. 4
Liszt: Transcendental Etudes
Hersch: Vanishing Pavilions Suite
Byrd: My Ladye Nevells Booke
Rzewski: Variations on The People United will Never be Defeated
Webern: Variations op. 27
Ornstein: Wild Men’s Dance
Chopin: Ballade no. 4
Rachmaninoff: Etudes-Tableaux op. 39
Stockhausen: Naturliche Dauern
Bach: Well Tempered Clavier I
Szymanowski: Masques
Janacek: In the Mists
Beethoven: Sonata op. 110
Wagner-Liszt: Liebestod
Ruggles: Angels
Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives
Carter: 90+
Scriabin: Poeme op. 61
Beethoven: Sonata op. 111
Stockhausen: Klavierstuck XIV
Vivier: Shiraz
Antheil: Airplane Sonata
Chopin: Polonaise Fantasie
Schumann: Carnaval
Dallapiccola: Quaderno musicale di Annalibera
Messiaen: Cantéyodjayâ
Scriabin: Sonata no. 3
Beethoven: Sonata op. 106
Pintscher: On a clear day
Cherney: Quelquefois--a l’ombre de la lointain
Messiaen: Quatre Etudes de Rhythme
Pintscher: Monumento I
Prokofiev: Sonata no. 7
Scriabin: Sonata no. 4
Ruggles: Evocations
Scriabin: Preludes op. 74
Berio: 6 encores
Scriabin: Preludes op. 11
Rachmaninoff: Sonata no. 1
Beethoven: Sonata op. 101
Ornstein: Poems of 1917
Corigliano: Etude-Fantasy
Ornstein: Suicide in an Airplane
Rachmaninoff: Preludes op. 32
Fujikura: Echo Within
Scriabin: Sonata no. 4
Godowsky: Java Suite
Liszt: St. Francis walking on the waters
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Bach-Busoni: Chaconne in D minor
Schubert-Godowsky: 12 lieder
Prokofiev: Sonata no. 3
Liszt-Wagner: Tannhauser Overture
Rachmaninoff: Etudes Tableaux op. 33
Krenek: Piano Sonata no. 3
Sorabji: Gulistan
Lourie: Five Preludes Fragiles
Catoire: Quatre Morceaux op. 12
Schoenberg: Suite op. 25
Chopin: Ballade no. 2
Mompou: Secreto
Ornstein: Arabesques
Feldman: Palais de Mari
Casella: Fantasy on BACH
Liszt: Annees de Pelerinage no. 1
Josquin-Hersch: Mille Regretz

That's 100
And it's in approximate order, I didn't really put too much care into the order.
Ok Sepehr. Next weekend I'll send my complete list!
With the piano sonata being my favourite genre, my all time favourite pieces are: Beethoven's Waldstein, Apassionata, Hammerklavier, Op. 109 and Op. 111.
Both of Liszt's "sonatas" (B minor and Dante).
Alkan's "Les Quatre Ages" sonata (though I only truly adore the second movement).
I forgot some very important works, including the music of Takemitsu...
Don't forget Schubert's Wanderer fantasy!
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