Greatest Classical Solos and Duets

Criteria: Greatest Classical Solos and Duets are ranked for their innovation and influence, as well as their aesthetic importance, historical significance and lasting popularity.
Part 1: The Greatest Violin & Piano Duets
1. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A minor "Kreutzer"
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major
• Cesar Franck

3. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F major "Spring"
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

4. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major
• Johannes Brahms

5. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor
• Johannes Brahms

6. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A major
• Johannes Brahms

7. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
• Claude Debussy

8. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G major
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

9. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major
• Gabriel Fauré

10. Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major
• Franz Schubert

11. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C minor "Eroica"
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

12. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 3 in E major
• Johann Sebastian Bach

13. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 32 in B flat major, K454
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

14. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in C minor
• Edvard Grieg

15. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
• Maurice Ravel

16. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D minor
• Camille Saint-Saëns

17. Liebesleid
• Fritz Kreisler

18. Liebesfreud
• Fritz Kreisler

19. Berceuse for Violin and Piano in D major
• Gabriel Fauré

20. Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor "dans le caractere populaire roumain"
• George Enescu

21. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G major
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

22. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major "Duo" - Franz Schubert

23. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 26 in B flat major, K378
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

24. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 6 in G major
• Johann Sebastian Bach

25. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 5 in F minor
• Johann Sebastian Bach

26. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 33 in E flat major, K481
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

27. Sonata for Violin and Piano
• Leos Janácek

28. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2
• Béla Bartok

29. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F minor
• Serge Prokofiev

30. Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor
• Ottorino Respighi

31. Tzigane for Violin and Piano
• Maurice Ravel

32. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1
• Alfred Schnittke

33. 3 Myths
• Karol Szymanowski

34. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor
• Johann Sebastian Bach

35. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major
• Richard Strauss

36. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 21 in E minor, K304
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

37. Baal Shem
• Ernest Bloch

38. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1
• Béla Bartok

39. Caprice viennois
• Fritz Kreisler

40. Schön Rosmarin
• Fritz Kreisler

41. Sonata for Violin and Piano
• Aaron Copland

42. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor
• Edward Elgar

43. 2 Duets for Violin and Piano "From the Homeland"
• Bedrich Smetana

44. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 6 in A major
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

45. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D minor
• Robert Schumann

46. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G major
• Edvard Grieg

47. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D major
• Serge Prokofiev

48. 3 Romances
• Clara Schumann

49. Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 35 in A major, K526
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

50. Rondo for Violin and Piano in B minor "Rondo Brillant"
• Franz Schubert

Ludwig von Beethoven
Johannes Brahms
Claude Debussy
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Part 2: The Greatest Cello & Piano Duets
  1. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A major
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

  2. Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor
• Franz Schubert

  3. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E minor
• Johannes Brahms

  4. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 in D major
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

  5. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F major
• Johannes Brahms

  6. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
• Claude Debussy

  7. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
• Dmtri Shostakovich

  8. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C major
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

  9. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor
• Sergei Rachmaninoff

10. Elégie
• Gabriel Fauré

11. Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major
• Serge Prokofiev

12. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor
• Frederic Chopin

13. Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor
• Edvard Grieg

14. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in C minor
• Camille Saint-Saëns

15. Sonata for Cello and Piano
• Zoltán Kodály

16. Sonata for Cello and Piano
• Samuel Barber

17. Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major
• Richard Strauss

18. Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major
• Robert Schumann

19. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in D minor
• Gabriel Fauré

20. From Jewish Life
• Ernest Bloch

21. Sonata for Cello and Piano
• Alfred Schnittke

22. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2
• Bohuslav Martinu

23. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in G minor
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

24. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in F major
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

25. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3
• Bohuslav Martinu

26. Variations on a Slavic Folksong
• Bohuslav Martinu

27. Sonata for Cello and Piano
• Francis Poulenc

28. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D major
• Felix Mendelssohn

29. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
• Frank Bridge

30. Sonata for Cello and Piano
• Frederick Delius

31. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in A minor
• Nikolai Miaskovsky

32. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in B flat major
• Felix Mendelssohn

33. Sonata for Cello and Piano
• Paul Hindemith

34. 7 Variations for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern"
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

35. Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major
• Frederic Chopin

36. 12 Variations for Cello and Piano on a theme by Handel
• Ludwig Van Beethoven

37. Sicilienne for Cello and Piano
• Gabriel Fauré

38. Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major
• Benjamin Britten

39. Allegro appassionato for Cello and Piano in B minor
• Camille Saint-Saëns

40. Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor
• Antonín Dvořák

Franz Schubert
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Serge Prokofiev

Part 3: The Greatest Duets For Other Instrumental Combinations
1. Fantasie in F minor, D940 (piano 4 hands)
• Franz Schubert
2. Sonata for Clarinet & Piano in F minor, Op.120 no.1
• Johannes Brahms
3. Sonata for Clarinet & Piano in E flat major, Op.120 no.2
• Johannes Brahms
4. Sonata for Flute & Piano
• Francis Poulenc
5. Scaramouche, Op.165b (2 pianos)
• Darius Milhaud
6. Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B flat major (2 pianos)
• Johannes Brahms
7. Slavonic Dances (piano 4 hands)
• Antonin Dvorak
8. Variations on a Theme of Paganini (2 pianos)
• Witold Lutoslawski
9. Sonata for Flute & Piano
• Bohuslav Martinu
10. Flute Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, BWV1031
• Johann Sebastian Bach
11. Hungarian Dances (piano 4 hands)
• Johannes Brahms
12. Ma Mere l'Oye (piano 4 hands)
• Maurice Ravel
13. Sonata for Trumpet & Piano
• Paul Hindemith
14. Grand Duo Concertant for Clarinet & Piano in E flat major
• Carl Maria von Weber
15. Sonata for Recorder & Continuo in A minor, Op.1 no.4
• George Frideric Handel
16. Sonata for Clarinet & Piano
• Francis Poulenc
17. Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K. 448
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
18. 44 Duos for 2 Violins
• Bela Bartok
Part 4: The Greatest Solo Violin Works
1. 3 Partitas for Violin
• Johann Sebastian Bach
2. 3 Sonatas for Violin
• Johann Sebastian Bach
3. 24 Caprices for Violin
• Niccolò Paganini
4. Sonata for Violin
• Bela Bartok
5. Sonata for Violin in D major
• Serge Prokofiev
6. 12 Fantasias for Violin
• George Philipp Telemann
7. 6 Sonatas for Violin
• Eugène Ysaÿe
8. A Paganini
• Alfred Schnittke
9. Sonata for Violin
• Arthur Honegger
10. 2 Sonatas for Violin
• Paul Hindemith
11. 2 Suites for Violin
• Ernest Bloch
12. Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for Violin solo
• Fritz Kreisler
13. Sequenza VIII for Violin
• Luciano Berio
14. Sonata for Violin
• Bernd Alois Zimmermann
15. Sonata for Violin
• Hans Werner Henze
Part 5: The Greatest Solo Cello Works
1. Suite for Cello No. 1 in G major
• Johann Sebastian Bach
2. Suite for Cello No. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
• Johann Sebastian Bach
3. Sonata for Cello
• Zoltán Kodály
4. Suites for Cello solo No. 3
• Benjamin Britten
5. Theme and Variations
• Jean Sibelius
6. Sonata for Cello
• György Ligeti
7. Sonata for Cello
• George Crumb
8. Suite for Cello
• Gaspar Cassadó
9. Sonata for Cello in C sharp minor
• Serge Prokofiev
10. Près for Cello
• Kaija Saariaho
11. Serenade for Cello
• Hans Werner Henze
12. Three Suites for Cello
• Ernest Bloch
13. Petals for Cello
• Kaija Saariaho
14. Suite for Cello
• Ernst Krenek
15. Sacher Variations for Cello
• Witold Lutoslawski
Part 6: The Greatest Solo Flute Works
1. Syrinx
• Claude Debussy
2. Partita for Flute in A minor
• Johann Sebastian Bach
3. Density 21.5
• Edgard Varèse
4. Fantasias (12) for Flute
• Georg Philipp Telemann
5. Sonata for Flute solo in A minor
• Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
6. Sequenza I for Flute
• Luciano Berio
7. Danse de la chèvre for Flute
• Arthur Honegger
8. Pièce for Flute
• Jacques Ibert
9. Pieces (8) for Flute
• Paul Hindemith
10. Ascèses for Flute
• André Jolivet

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Last Updated: 2017-06-18