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Top 10 Composers for solo piano

Things get a bit nebulous after the top 3 or 4, but I generally think this is an appropriate ranking
1Ludwig van Beethoven
"Hammerklavier" Piano Sonata No. 29 in B♭ major, Op. 106


sonatas, variations; his is the summit of the piano literature.
2Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565


toccatas, preludes/fugues, partitas. etc. yes I know he wrote for harpsichord.
3Frederic Chopin
Preludes, Op. 28


p much everything, preludes, etudes, mazurkas, ballades, (the waltzes are a tad overrated though)
4Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata in B♭ major, D. 960


late sonatas, musical moments, impromptus. The guy could sustain a narrative without the hysterics and showmanship of the Romantic age, which is why he places above Liszt.
5Franz Liszt
Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178


etudes, b minor sonata (ive come to much more appreciate Liszt in the past few years, though I still think that some of his orchestral work is filled with 2nd tier themes)
6Johannes Brahms
4 Klavierstucke op. 119


late piano character pieces, variations (esp. Handel variations) sonatas are underrated too
7Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310/300d


his sonatas as a body of work are underrated even to this day, and fantasies are exceptional.
8Alexander Scriabin
Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 6


(the Russian Chopin) - most important set of sonatas after Schubert.
9Joseph Haydn
Piano Sonata in E-flat, No.62, Hob.XVI/52


arguably holds the title for most underrated composer of all time, at least in the popular imagination. Classical fans know what’s good though. The Sonatas are an extraordinary body of work for its time.
10Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, Wq. 50/6, H. 140


Bach's greatest son
11Hellnation
Cheerleaders for Imperialism


Honorable Mentions: Schumann, Godowski
Unhonorable Mentions: Rachmaninoff, Debussy, anyone from the 2nd Vienesse School.
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