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#1 elemimele

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 21:53

Just a light-hearted thought: if you were limited to playing compositions by people whose names begin with "?", what letter would you choose? (And what is your instrument...?)

 

For recorder, I'm currently very tempted by "B". It obviously provides Bach, but also Boismortier for all that French stuff, and Barsanti (who comes with a Bonus of Scots tunes). Following closely in their heels, we get Babell and the Benda family, and Bigaglia. And I've still got Blavet in the Background. I'm sure other letters have lots to offer, too, and I'm wondering if different instruments have radically different letters.


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#2 Latin pianist

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 21:57

I love Mendelssohn piano music. I'd then be able to play Mozart, Mussorgsky and Moszkowski too.
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#3 Maizie

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 07:06

I request a clarification: Does the letter have to stand for surname only?  As in, I'd like B for Bach et al, but can I also claim B for Benedetto Marcello? wink.pngrofl.gif


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#4 EllieD

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 07:19

Hmm, looks like the B's and M's are winning so far, and I would have to add myself to that list (Bach, Beethoven, Burgmuller but also Mozart and Mendelssohn - Piano) - I would struggle to choose between the two lists I think! smile.png 


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#5 BrokenChordsGirlCG169

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 07:38

Team B here.
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Posted 31 May 2018 - 07:38

Probably B also (but I dont like Brahms much),  but Schumann, Schubert, Shostakovich, Scarlatti, Scriabin makes a good group.


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#7 Dotty old crotchet

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 10:17

I'm not playing at the moment only listening, and also feeling very slightly naughty, so you might think I'm cheating a bit but my letter would be V...

Hildegard Von Bingen
Vivaldi
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Hector Villa-Lobos

There is Verdi as well (although he's not my thing) and an astonishing number of Vs I've never heard of listed on the Hyperion records website.
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#8 elemimele

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 11:35

Yes, S has its tempting possibilities, though from a personal perspective I'm not sure it's such a recorder-friendly letter (Sieber?)

Maizie, you should have been a lawyer!

Dotty-old-crotchet, V's a slight cheat by bringing in all the Vans and Vons but I can see the allure of it. You get Van Eyck that way too.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 11:49

I'm a B person with Britten and Berlioz and Bartok and Byrd and Bernstein, followed by M, but there are some pretty good Hs and Ps and I'd recommend looking at some Ks as well Khachaturian mmm and Kabalevsky


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#10 Dotty old crotchet

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 13:34

I can't believe I forgot van Eyck.
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#11 HelenVJ

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 15:03

Another vote for the S composers - there's enough Scarlatti, Schubert and Schumann to keep me occupied for the remainder of my life-span. And as an added bonus, I might get to finish the Szymanowski that I've been working on for quite some time. The complete Shostakovich Peludes and Fugues would make a great project.

Pianists deserve to have an extra life time to fit in this enormous depth of repertoire.


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#12 Arundodonuts

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 18:27

I'll add Berio to the Bs. Not that I stand much chance of ever playing his music.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 23:58

Adding Brahms, and Bjelinski


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 08:09

What a lovely game!!!! Mine's the recorder.

 

Van Eyck.

 

I'd relinquish all else even Playford and oh dear...  Bonsor... ohmy.png

 

Luckily, I don't have much by way of recorder music for Mussorgsky and can manage only one piece of Sibelius, Shostakovich and Borodin so I wouldn't miss them!

 

On the harp I'm still at Betty Paret's Brown Bear laugh.png


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#15 Maizie

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 08:13

For me V is a definite runner up to B - not only Van Eyk, but Vivaldi too. You could also argue for Chedeville's stuff that he published under the name of Vivaldi, for another sneaky loophole wink.png


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