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.

Last Updated: 2017-06-18

The Greatest Violin/Piano Duets text title image
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


Classical composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Claude Debussy






Ludwig van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven


Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms


Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Greatest Cello/Piano Duets text title image
  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
Franz Schubert


Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff


Serge Prokofiev
Serge Prokofiev


The greatest duets for other Instrumental combinations text title image
  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) - Antonín Dvořák
  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


The greatest solo violin works text title image
  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


The greatest solo cello works text title image
  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


The greatest solo flute works text title image
  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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