chopin and liszt

I was reading a book about composers, and at the end of each chapter I wrote a one sentence summary of each composer. these are the sentences.

ludwig van beethoven: angry dude who had no care for social norms

franz schubert: short poet with very supportive friends

hector berlioz: early romantic who could barely play an instrument, created the modern orchestra, was overly-jealous and borderline-insane, and dissected stuff

robert schumann: emo piano critic

frederic chopin: the paganini of piano who got turned on by female voices apparently

franz liszt: ego ego ego ego and warts

felix mendelssohn: jewish german dude–fun combo

richard wagner: God according to himself and hitler

johannes brahms: testy guy who wrote “beethoven’s 10th” (CLARAAA!!!!)

hugo wolf: sort of a failure who went insane. sadness

richard strauss: he liked money and was obedient to his wife 

peter tchaikovsky: sad homosexual russian man

The composer you find easiest to play says a lot about your personality.
  • Bach: You have a long attention span and are able to multi-task with ease.
  • Mozart: You are polite and cheery. You lead a balanced life.
  • Beethoven: You are a bit dramatic, sometimes bipolar, but despite all this you are a trend-setter
  • Chopin: There is more to you than meets the eye.
  • Liszt: You like to be the center of attention.
  • Brahms: You think deeply and have a beautiful soul.
  • Debussy: You are creative and like to think outside the box.

A Four Flats Masterpost (some great pieces in what I find to be the most expressive key signature):

(This was 100% inspired by @you-had-me-at-e-flat-major)

warning: there is gonna be a lot of chopin pieces because he’s my fave and this the key containing the highest amount of his pieces and I love everything he did so scerw you.

And yes, I have made Spotify playlists so you guys can listen to these great pieces, just click on the key. Also feel free to tell me some other good ones if there are any I missed.

This list was a long time coming, so enjoy. <3

A♭ Major

- Polonaise Fantasie by F. Chopin
- Impromptu No. 4 in A♭ Major by F. Schubert (it technically starts in A♭ minor though but oh well)
- Sonata Pathétique Mvt 2 by L. van Beethoven
- String Quartet No. 10 in A♭ Major by D. Shostakovich
- Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin (yeah yeah cliche but it’s undeniably great)
- Polonaise Héroïque by F. Chopin
- Concerto for Two Pianos in A♭ major by F. Mendelssohn
- Waltz in A♭ Major Op. 39 No. 15 by J. Brahms
- Symphony No. 1 in A♭ Major by E. Elgar
- String Quartet No. 14 in A♭ Major Op. 105 by A. Dvořák
- Intermezzo in A♭ Major by F. Poulenc
- Étude Op. 25, No. 1 (Aeolian Harp) by F. Chopin
- Finlandia Op. 26 by J. Sibelius
- Sonata No. 31 in A♭ Major Op. 110 by L. van Beethoven
- Bruyères by C. Debussy
- Lillies by S. Rachmaninoff (so calming)
- Liebestraum No. 3 by F. Liszt (if I didn’t include this piece, I would feel like a bad person)

F minor

- Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata) by L. van Beethoven
- Violin Concerto L'inverno by A. Vivaldi (the Winter Concerto of the Four Seasons)
- Symphony No. 1 in F minor by D. Shostakovich
- Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor by F. Chopin (just……… all of it. so good.)
- Fantasia in F minor for Piano, Four Hands by F. Schubert
- Das Jahr: November by F. Hensel-Mendelssohn
- Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 2 No. 1 by L. van Beethoven (despite my suffering in trying to play this, it really is a fantastic piece)
- Valse Romantique by C. Debussy
- Sonata No. 3 in F minor by R. Schumann
- Symphony No. 4 in F minor by P. I. Tchaikovsky (one of my favourite symphonies)
- Prelude And Fugue in F minor BWV 881 by J. S. Bach (currently working on this one and now am essentially forced to include it. The fugue is especially good.)
- Piano Quintet in F minor by J. Brahms
- Ballade No. 4 in F minor by F. Chopin (probably my favourite piano work of all time)

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My Screenshots from Classicaloid’s Ending themes…

(In order)

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
2. Franz Schubert
3. Frederic Chopin
4. Franz Liszt
5. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
6. Tekla Badarzewska-Baranowska
7. Johann Sebastian Bach
8. Ludwig van Beethoven


tbh, this is art goals…. ;-; Beethoven-senpai tho… <3

Bonus:

<3 <3 <3

Sometimes I like to imagine classical composers with sassy t-shirts

For example

Chopin:

Mozart:

Brahms:

Shostakovich:

Bach:

Liszt:

Mahler:

Mussorgsky:


Beethoven:

Stravinsky:

… as regards Chopin, watch out: His art has nothing to do with excessive emotional displays that so many think of as passion. Naturally, they think his music should be able to speak for itself and portray its essence, but under no circumstances should the interpreter give way to an affected or uncontrolled confession. Such music is a struggle with the powers of darkness in which there is no room for intellectual well-being. It meticulously lays bare a heart beyond time and space listening without complacency to its own beat.
—  Franz Liszt

anonymous asked:

I noticed you post classical songs sometimes and I wondered what are some of your all time favorites? :)

Hi. Thanks for this question—

Claude Debussy - La fille aux cheveux de lin
Henryk Gorecki - Symphony No. 3
Allegri - Miserere mei, Deus
Richard Einhorn - Pater Noster
Richard Einhorn - Torture
La Monte Young - The Well Tuned Piano
Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring  
Erik Satie - Gymnopédies & Gnossiennes
Arnold Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht, Op.4
Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde
Arvo Pärt - The Beatitudes
Arvo Pärt - Magnificat
Arvo Pärt - Summa for Strings
Arvo Pärt - Silentium
Worrytrain - White Phosphorus Angels
Worrytrain - For Auschwitz
Zbigniew Preisner - Van den Budenmayer
Morton Feldman - Rothko Chapel
John Tavener - Funeral Canticle
John Tavener - Mother and Child
John Tavener - Fragments of a Prayer 
Frederic Chopin - Complete Nocturnes
Franz Liszt - Liebestraum No 3 in A flat
György Ligeti - Atmospheres
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Isle of the Dead
Hildegard von Bingen - O Vis Aeterniatis
Philip Glass - Glassworks
Max Richter - Sarajevo
Max Richter - November
Max Richter - Lines on a Page (One Hundred Violins)

  • Me before practicing: I really love classical music. So deep. So sophisticated. I really, really love it. Chopin and Liszt's works are so intricately planned out, as if God's own music. Have you heard Rachmaninoff? Man, I worship those composers. When I hear their music, I am reminded of the constant beauty of this world around us. All it takes is to listen and an open heart.
  • Me while practicing: URRRRRGGHHHHHH WHAT THE FUCK I DON'T HAVE FOUR FUCKING HANDS *Sets music on fire* THEY WROTE THESE PIECES DELIBERATELY SO I COULD HAVE A MISERABLE SHITTY LIFE *flips over piano* IF I COULD TIME TRAVEL I WOULD FUCKING TEACH THEM THAT I ONLY HAVE T W O F U C K I N G H A N D S *throws piano out the window* FUCK MUSIC
  • Me after practicing: Have I mentioned I love music? I really love practicing, too. It's like a bridge between the heavens and the earth, you know? The rush of practicing is like an adrenaline shot. I love music.