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Do you have any particular musician as a reference when playing or composing a piece ?


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Hello everybody!

As a pianist, I usually hear to performances of the piece I am preparing to have some references.Although my favourite pianist is Martha Argerich with no doubts, I try to keep open-minded to other pianists (famous or not) to have a bigger vision of the piece.

Also, when I'm going to compose something, in particular, a sonata, for example, I listen to a lot of Mozart and Haydn sonatas so that I can encompass better the style.

I'm curious to know if you have any musician as a reference or if you listen to several musicians when preparing a piece or when you want to compose in a particular style?

Here I attach a delightful article about some of the greatest pianists and composers along with the history. I enjoyed it and found some fantastic inspirations. Hope you find it useful too!

https://www.piano-composer-teacher-london.co.uk/post/the-31-greatest-pianists-of-all-time

 

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Like many, I suppose, I have my preferred composers, a pretty eclectic bunch too but mostly from the impressionists. Some Romantics. No doubt influences creep in during composing so I have to take care to avoid them. 

 

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Beethoven and Bach are my go to "teachers" when writing music regardless of the genre or style.  If I'm actively trying to write in the classical style, Mozart of course.

That pianist list is missing a few younger pianists who in my mind are or will certainly end up being among the all time greats.  Yuja Wang, (who I think is the reincarnation of Horowitz), and Daniil Trifonov are exceptional pianists.  Charles-Valentin Alkan, a contemporary of Liszt and Chopin, was considered every much their equal, perhaps more so in regards to technique, and his music is notoriously fiendishly difficult which reflects this.

I don't think Schubert was ever considered a great pianist (though certainly a great composer for piano) and Lang Lang being on the list... I just rolled my eyes a little.

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