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Topic: Help me find a new concerto  (Read 2524 times)

Offline afarmboysforte

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Help me find a new concerto
on: March 13, 2017, 02:03:53 PM
Hey y'all!

Long time reader/first time poster. I was hoping to get your help in finding a new concerto to tackle. I am just finishing up this year's concerto competition season, in which I played Rachmaninoff's 2nd. My teacher and I are trying to brainstorm concerti I could take on, and I thought I would get an opinion from you guys.

I want to take a concerto that is at least the same difficulty level or more than Rach 2, and stays close to the standard repertoire list (I just don't want to take an obscure piece). In order to give you an idea of where I stand technically and musically, here are some of the pieces I have either finished or just started, other than Rach 2:

Beethoven Op. 109 Sonata
Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 12
Liebermann Gargoyles
Schubert Wanderer Fantasie (tentative, just started)

Now, keep in mind, I would take the first movement to start with, and then possibly learn the rest of the concerto. (I know. I really should learn the whole concerto, but life gets in the way sometimes...) Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!

~The Farmboy

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Re: Help me find a new concerto
Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 04:14:14 PM

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Re: Help me find a new concerto
Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 04:18:08 PM
Bowen number 3 is super cool
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4jv1ox

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Re: Help me find a new concerto
Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 04:21:18 PM
Tchaikovsky wrote  better concertos than the commonly played no 1.
The op 56 is my favorite of his and it contains of the greatest/coolest solo interludes in the literature

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Re: Help me find a new concerto
Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 11:32:47 PM

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That is my favorite concerto of all time!

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Re: Help me find a new concerto
Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 11:50:15 AM
That is my favorite concerto of all time!
you have awesome taste!
No 2 which like Sergei's no 2 is also in c minor should not be missed. One ca draw a lot of analogies looking at the Rachmaninoff 2 and Medtner 2

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Re: Help me find a new concerto
Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 12:42:28 PM
Thanks for your replies! I really like the Medtner, and I've never heard them before. I would love to play them, HOWEVER, I have some unfortunate news. Since I am just a high school student, the only way I might be able to play any concerto with an orchestra is to win a competition. The orchestras organizing it state that they prefer standards in the repertoire, rather than more rarely performed pieces, and I think the Medtner is a little too weird for the judges. :( Another time, I guess...

I have another question. (let me know if I should start another thread, as I'm new to this forum stuff :)) Is it a faux pas to play a third movement of a concerto in a competition? I really want to pick something that gives me a good chance of winning (my playing, I know, is more important, but I want to do everything I can to improve the odds). I was thinking of just going ahead and finishing the rach 2 and learning the third movement for competition. Is this an appropriate piece?

They also prefer concerti movements that are between 10-15 minutes long. Since they say that, I don't know if a movement like the first of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, or Rach 3 would hurt me in a competition since they're more lengthy...

Thanks for listening to me rant, and I'd love to hear anybody's thoughts! ;D
~The Farmboy

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