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Topic: Favorite composer(s) for miniatures  (Read 1349 times)

Offline mjames

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Favorite composer(s) for miniatures
on: July 19, 2015, 05:41:33 AM
Since we seem to get a lot of "favorite polonaise, sonatas" and even "favorite keys, favorite chords" (oh boy what's next, favorite note?  ::)) threads, I want a thread about composers who specialized in writing miniatures (short pieces). Suites/partitas/variations don't count.

I'll start with some well known composers:

Dare I say Scriabin surpassed Chopin's preludes ;)

Offline chopinlover01

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Re: Favorite composer(s) for miniatures
Reply #1 on: July 19, 2015, 07:04:03 PM
Can we set a definition for miniature? I'm still not entirely clear on what that is.
Though, since it's you starting this thread, I'm going to cast my vote for Liadov and his preludes and mazurkas and assume it will be valid.

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Re: Favorite composer(s) for miniatures
Reply #2 on: July 19, 2015, 08:13:17 PM
Back in my teenage years I remember going to the store with sheet music - it was always a highlight of my week - and browsing thru a pile of sheet music editions called "music miniatures". They were inexpensive (only 1 piece) and included pieces like Prokofiev's March from Love to Four Oranges, some of Rachmaninoff's preludes, Albeniz's Cordoba, Bagatelle (I do not remember the composer anymore). Many, many more but I just cannot recall any more at the moment and this sheet music is at my parent's house.

Chopin, 10-8 | Chopin, 25-12 | Haydn, HOB XVI:20

Offline pianogeek_

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Re: Favorite composer(s) for miniatures
Reply #3 on: July 20, 2015, 07:13:55 AM
Schönberg has a neat set of miniatures, op. 19 - it's atonal, but not 12-tone; an interesting in-between gem. Similarly interesting but maybe pushing the definition of a miniature would be his Five orchestral pieces, op. 16.

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