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8 months ago

BACHand pianoforte .

Bach knew the piano and miraculously after al the bombings during WW@ papers archived show Bach actually sold Pianos to a nobleman or at least procures them .Bach constantly rewrote or played his music on other insstrumenst - look at the lute pieces look at he keyboard versions of the violin music and hundreds (maybe) other examples . The piano has so many colors esp. when played by a resourceful executant that we all know Bach would have loved especiallly all of our modern instruments . If he had known the tam-tam and gong and synthesizer and lived in our times he wuld be making unbelievably clever music . If you know Rzewsky ,Bolcolm and thousands of others you already know unbelievable miracles are being accomplished daily .Rosalyn Tureck is so great .i always learn from her. Glenn Gould's genius is so musical I listen often without thinking but daily some magnificence of his musicality becomes more apparent . Ton Koopman is also an excellent keyboardist. Remember Bach most often wrote Klavier meaning any keyboard instrument at hand would be suitable an he sel more music that way .When I was achild I adored the organ .Now I ignore it . Hope this soon changes . Tra lala .

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9 months ago

Do you accept JSB's work played on the piano?

Today, people play JSB's keyboard music on the piano.
That may be taken for granted, but JSB didn't compose anything for that instrument: it is not that he didn't know its existence - the piano was there in his later years.
So I guess he had his reason for not choosing the piano for one of his recipes.

Thus I am not inclined very much toward playing his works on the piano.
Am I the only one who feel like that?

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3 years ago

Top 20 pianists

Let's see your's! A true test of pianistic knowledge.
In approximate order:
Ferrucio Busoni
Sviatoslav Richter
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Emil Von Sauer
Josef Hofmann
Glenn Gould
Moritz Rosenthal
Leopold Godowsky
Vladimir Horowitz
Lazar Berman
Josef Lhevinne
Arthur Friedheim
William Kappell
Eugene D'Albert
Ergon Petri
Samuil Feinberg
Sophie Menter (Unfortunate lack of recordings... I'll have to live with piano rolls)
Vera Timanova
Danil Trifonov
Wilhem Backhaus

And a few others I probably forgot...

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5 years ago

Beethoven vs Mozart

Everybody is saying Mozart better than Beethoven or Beethoven owns Mozart
Yes, I prefer Beethoven but i also like Mozart
Beethoven writed more music because Mozart died at age 35
BUT if somebody says MOZART was better than Bach im gonna find it
Bach is the music
The music means everyone learned from Bach
Mozart and Beethoven also loved so dont come to me with this stupid sentence OK?
Beethoven opened the gates of the romanticisms with his music so thats enough for me to say Beethoven was better.
So? Who do you prefer?

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5 years ago

An introduction to classical music.

I have recently found an interesting video of "non musicians" reacting to classical music.

Naturally, I find these kinds of videos as cheesy as you can possibly get. Then again, it does raise an interesting question: what would you play if you had to introduce people to classical music?

I'm interested to see what you think. Below, drop a list of 5 compositions of any classical genre (orchestral, chamber or piano solo) and maybe we can discuss our choices on this subject.
Stating performers or specific performances are optional.

So, What would your playlist be if you wanted to introduce friends and family to the world of classical music?

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a year ago


I think Schubert isn't as appreciated as he should be. Mozart, Beethoven, Bach... All of them are the composers that everybody talks about, but not Schubert. Schubert is my favorite composer, and I think he is very similar from Beethoven. They are the top of composers.
I would want to know what you think about Schubert and his brilliant mind.

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3 years ago

Length = Grandiosity?

I've heard many great pieces of classical and modern (pop and rock) music throughout my time when I started studying and playing music seriously. One thing I have recently asked myself is

"Is there a correlation between the length of a piece of music, sets of pieces, songs or albums and their emotional impacts on the human mind?"

Ever since I started studying jazz, pop and rock after two years of classical music immersion, it became increasingly evident that a piece of music's emotional weight isn't always reflected by it's length. The song Vanilla Twilight by Owl City is for me one of the most beautiful song I've ever heard. Yet it is only 3:50 in length. Such a song is as satisfying as Liszt's sonata (30 minutes) and that is as satisfying as his Faust Symphony (75 minutes). Pink Floyd's "The Wall" hits the 80 minute mark.

While I thoroughly enjoy listening to the long form masterpieces of the classical and the modern music worlds, I still enjoy the smaller works and songs as much as the large works because they have the uncanny power to loosen me up and even cheer me up when I feel particularly down.

What are your opinions on this subject?

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2 years ago

Cameron Carpenter: Thoughts and Perspectives

Mr. Hans Jacobi recently posted a marvelous little piano/organ piece inspired in part by the organ virtuoso Cameron:
We both thought it would be a good idea to start a discussion on Carpenter's performances and recordings. I understand this isn't related to piano per se, but this is among the more active groups on Musescore, and it is related to keyboard interpretation.
My opinion on Carpenter, which I expressed on Mr. Jacobi's score, is as follows:
"I've never really enjoyed Carpenter... he certainly has formidable pedal technique, but his interpretations, in my opinion, are questionable. His Bach Passacaglia definitely fails to remind me of anything divine."
Mr. Jacobi's response was:
"That's an interesting opinion. And quite up to date, Carpenter's Bach album was released only a couple of weeks ago. He is a real Las Vegas-like entertainer, but he also wants to be taken seriously as an interpreter. And so we here a modern digital organ, but also with baroque tunings, etc.. It raises so many questions..."

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2 years ago

More than classical music?

I just joined this group and realized that all the admins were classical music people. as well as everyone in discussions. So is this group for only classical music composers? If so, you should change the description because it says this group is for all piano.

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2 years ago

The sonata

From the baroque period of Bach and Handel to classical perfections of Mozart and Beethoven, all the way up to the contemporary innovations of Liszt and Prokofiev, the sonata (and the sonata form) has always been a frame work for simply brilliant pieces of music for the solo piano to chamber music and orchestral music throughout time. Which is your favourite?

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3 years ago

Favorite Chopin etude interpretations

Quite possibly the most famous and recorded piano etudes ever:\
who's interpretations do you like?


no.1 Rosenthal
no.2 Koczalski
no.3 Sauer
no.4 Richter
no.5 Busoni
no.6 Richter
no.7 Friedman
no.8 Schein
no.9 Cortot
no.10 Schein
no.11 Cortot
no.12 Richter


no.1 Horowitz
no.2 Sauer
no.3 Trifonov
no.4 Novaes
no.5 Busoni
no.7 Trifonov
no.8 Cortot
no.9 Godowsky
no.10 Horowitz
no.11 Lhevinne
no.12 Sauer

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5 years ago

Requesting tips for a beginner


I am new to MuseScore and I do not really know how the community works yet, so I apologise if I got out of line by creating this discussion out of the blue.

I am a beginner piano player. I have been taking lessons for around 6 or 7 months. Even though I have a teacher I believe that everyone have different experiences, styles of teaching and play. That being said I would like to request to whoever would like to contribute with tips, nice habits to have while practicing and learning, etc.

The immediate question that pops up to my mind right now is: Tips to learn how to play fast.
For example in this piece: (Once again, I am sorry if I am not allowed to post links in the discussion, please notify me if I do anything wrong.)
How do you play those little notes in measure 15?
And what is a good way to learn how to play the "fast parts" (starting in var.1)?

Even though I asked specific questions remember that I would love and be thankful if you gave me tips in general regarding piano playing as I mentioned before, so go wild!

Thanks in advance, guys!

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3 years ago

A new revolutionary, standard concert instrument?

It has been some time ago now, but on the 27th of May 2015 I have read an article in The Guardian newspaper about Daniel Barenboim's commissioning of a new grand piano that might potentially some day in the future take Steinway's place as the new standard concert grand piano (for more info, click here: I am not much of a connoisseur of different piano sound but according to what Barenboim says about his "dream piano", I am beginning to get the feeling that Steinway is slowly but surely becoming obsolete. What do you think?

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3 years ago