Seriously, how many blog posts can start with that title? Within this grouping, there is probably my top five piano composer, Franz Liszt. He was quite the showman - would throw his green velvet gloves off at women in the audience during performances - kindof a rockstar of classical music - if there is such a thing. His works are ridiculously impressive - I suggest taking the time to hear all the Hungarian Rhapsodies, but put down my favorites. And if you were to see the sheet music of La Campanella while listening to someone perform it, it just doesn't seem possible.
Mozart is here, but relatively small. I think most people have heard more Mozart than they know, and it would just take too much time to put all the works of his that are impressive, so I did a top five.
Khachaturian – Sabre Dance
Lecuona - Malaguena, Córdoba, Gitanerias
Liszt – Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Hungarian Rhapsodies 2, 4 and 6, Sospiro, La Campanella, Liebestraum
MacDowell – Hungarian Op. 39 No. 1
Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Concerto for Two Pianos, Symphony #4
Mozart – Clarinet Concerto, Ave Verum Corpus, Symphony No. 40, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Marriage of Figaro
Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain, Pictures at an Exhibition
Offenbach – Barcarolle
Orff – O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)
Pachabel – Canon in D (strings)
Paderewski – Piano Concerto, Polish Fantasy
Parry - Jerusalem
Puccini – Nessun Dorma, Humming Chorus (Madame Butterfly)