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Topic: What first piano concerto should I play?  (Read 7492 times)

Offline jlindsay

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What first piano concerto should I play?
on: February 13, 2017, 09:45:18 AM
I have completed ABRSM exams, albeit slowly. I am now preparing for an AMEB diploma.

What are some "easy" piano concertos you suggest I should tackle? would the Rach 2 be appropriate or should I wait on it? I prefer Romantic/Impressionist period over anything Baroque or Classical.

My current repertoire:

  • Chopin polonaise, etudes, nocturnes, etc.
  • Rach Prelude No. 6 in Eb
  • Mozart/Haydn/Beethoven sonatas
  • A lot of other random pieces by Debussy, Scriabin, and other composers etc.

Offline visitor

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #1 on: February 13, 2017, 12:49:32 PM
You do not provide enough relevant information and the pieces you listed do not really say much either.
A concerto is a collaborative / ensemble work so understanding the following would yield better targeted suggestions
1 will you play and perform with an orchestra? What is the proficiency level of the group and conductor? The difficulty to play and conduct the  orchestra matters....a lot. If you will stop at two piano? Then you need to study the reduction and make a judgement on the piano ii part.

2. What chamber music[trios quartets etc] or solo instrument [including voice]  w piano have you played? Beginning with small ensemble and piano duet/duo works is advisable before stepping up to larger scale and bigger group rep such as a concerto.

3. Will you have coaching available from a teacher with ample accompanying experience throughout? What chamber and concerto pieces has the teacher taught and performed?

Listing solo pieces and without divulging the above background info will lead to a bunch of more random pieces which may or may not be appropriate for your situation.

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 02:44:27 PM
Hey visitor I just clicked the link at the bottom of your post and listened to you play...you are quite the accomplished pianist.  Impressive and beautiful playing.  I have known you here at PS for years...it's nice to put a face and sound with your username.

Sorry to the OP for getting OT.

We need more info

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 12:19:19 PM
Hey visitor I just clicked the link at the bottom of your post and listened to you play...you are quite the accomplished pianist.  Impressive and beautiful playing.  I have known you here at PS for years...it's nice to put a face and sound with your username.

Sorry to the OP for getting OT.

We need more info
Many thanks dcstudio!!! I personally think you give me too mucj credit but  i really appreciate that you took time to listen to my "attempts"  haha, but i will take any compliment i can get! 8) :P

Btw ill pm you a little factoid/something you might find interesting

Offline coda_colossale

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 12:45:08 PM
So, a random suggestion:



Not difficult to play, even though it looks and sounds impressing, and quite beautiful as well if you ask me. The composer died not too long ago.

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #5 on: February 21, 2017, 06:22:40 AM
I don't care if you don't like baroque/classical concertos. But we have to play them. Play mozart. Don't play Rach 2. You will fail your diploma
Beethoven Op 2/2
Chopin Op 20, maybe op 47/38
Debussy Etude 7
Grieg Op 16
Want to do:
Chopin Concerti 1 and 2
Beethoven Waldstein
Ravel Miroirs

Offline mikebat321

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #6 on: February 21, 2017, 11:36:20 PM
Play my Emotude III for piano and orchestra..! See attached mp3

I'm still writing it though lol

Mike

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #7 on: February 23, 2017, 05:26:53 AM
Mendelssohn's concertos aren't too long, as far as I know they're not extremely hard, either. Also research Beethoven's concertos (especially No. 3 in C minor--I'm learning the third movement of that one myself).
Practicing:
Bach Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue
Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 No. 1
Shostakovich Preludes Op. 34
Scriabin Etude Op. 2 No. 1
Liszt Fantasie and Fugue on BACH

Offline j_tour

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #8 on: February 23, 2017, 07:05:00 PM
Italian.

Point final.
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Offline rmbarbosa

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #9 on: March 10, 2017, 03:18:10 PM
If it is your first concert, choose Mozart.
Mozart concerts are very easy to play (but to play them very well is another thing :D)
Rach is the devil... and you can go to disaster...  ::)

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Re: What first piano concerto should I play?
Reply #10 on: March 17, 2017, 04:38:22 PM
If Mozart doesn't work for you, you can always go Haydn or Beethoven if that's preferable (I personally do much better with him than Mozart).
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