Which pieces have influenced you the most?

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Which pieces have influenced you the most?

Postby Kschyschtoff » Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:17 pm

Pick 3 pieces.
1. H. M. Górecki - Symphony no.3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs", movement II: Lento e Largo - Tranquillissimo
2. A. Scriabin - Prometheus
3. F. Liszt - Sonata in B minor

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Re: Which pieces have influenced you the most?

Postby schmonz » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:27 pm

1. Rachmaninov 3rd Concerto. As a kid I was accustomed to hearing Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi around the house. Pleasant music all, but it didn't speak to me. I was studying the violin, but it felt like a formality; classical music was for other people. One day, when I was 8, my father sat me down by the stereo and said, "Listen." It was riveting, of course, and the shock changed my outlook: this music was for me after all. A couple years later I had started studying piano, and within a few years more I'd given up my various other instruments. Even now I can't listen to this concerto more than once or twice a year. In addition to its own ravishing beauty, it has so much personal meaning for me that the combination is emotionally overwhelming.

2. Medtner Sonata-Reminiscenza. I had been away from the piano for several years when I discovered this Medtner fellow and gradually became drawn to his music. When I finally decided it was time to start playing again, I looked for a piece that would be endlessly fascinating to work on. I loved listening to this sonata -- for me, it does everything that music can do -- and when I read Marc-André Hamelin's comment that he "needed it every day", I knew this was the piece I sought. A year and a half later, I know exactly what he means. On the occasions when I'm able to do it some justice, it's as close to a religious experience as anything I can imagine.

These two set the bar high, and for me nothing else comes close. Rachmaninov made me a musician; Medtner is making me a pianist and, with luck, a composer.

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Postby joeisapiano » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:28 pm

yay, finally something I can respond (somewhat) intelligently to!

1. Rachimaninoff - The Bells
2. A live performance of Sibelius Symphony No. 2 (Delta David Gier conducting)
3. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Mravinsky - Leningrad Phil)

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Postby juufa72 » Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:49 pm

Chopin - Marche Funebre from Sonata No.2
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsodies (non Cziffra recordings!)
Mozart - Operas
Balakirev - The Lark
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Postby pianolady » Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:08 pm

1. Chopin Waltz Op. 69, No. 1 when I was younger
2. Chopin Ballade No. 1 when I was older
3. Gershwin Three Preludes - in between
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Postby PJF » Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:55 pm

The Horowitz in Moscow recital on April 20, 1986 influenced me deeply. I watched it live on "CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt" when I was 6 years old.


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