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Offline fuguelover

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Need help picking concerto!!!
on: December 12, 2020, 08:35:15 AM
Hello everyone! This is my first time posting, so sorry if I say anything weird/stupid.

I am a sophomore in high school right now, and my piano teacher asked me to pick a piano concerto to play next year. I have a year to practice for a competition, but I have no idea which to pick. I'm currently between:
Beethoven No. 1
Beethoven No. 3
Brahms No. 2
Chopin No. 1

I am open to any other suggestions as well as tips and guidance. I have a relatively busy schedule and as much as I love the piano, I cannot dedicate too much time to it (not looking to major). Which should I pick, and why?
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Offline j_tour

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Re: Need help picking concerto!!!
Reply #1 on: December 12, 2020, 03:31:42 PM
Hello everyone! This is my first time posting, so sorry if I say anything weird/stupid.

I am a sophomore in high school right now, and my piano teacher asked me to pick a piano concerto to play next year. I have a year to practice for a competition, but I have no idea which to pick. I'm currently between:
Beethoven No. 1
Beethoven No. 3
Brahms No. 2
Chopin No. 1

I am open to any other suggestions as well as tips and guidance. I have a relatively busy schedule and as much as I love the piano, I cannot dedicate too much time to it (not looking to major). Which should I pick, and why?

I don't understand your question. 

But good luck with your busy schedule. 

You should probably hire a teacher or read a book, or you could also read the concerti at the keyboard.
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Re: Need help picking concerto!!!
Reply #2 on: December 12, 2020, 04:44:15 PM
The Brahms is by far the hardest. In your position, I'd pick either the Chopin or the Beethoven  1.
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Re: Need help picking concerto!!!
Reply #3 on: December 17, 2020, 04:08:39 AM
I'd pick the Chopin.

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Re: Need help picking concerto!!!
Reply #4 on: December 17, 2020, 05:03:32 AM

You should probably hire a teacher or read a book, ....

The OP write in the question:

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my piano teacher asked me to pick...

Perhaps rephrase that to, "Get the teacher to ....".  Frankly, I think the teacher should be giving the guidance. It seems a bit lazy of a teacher to just say "pick a concerto".

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Re: Need help picking concerto!!!
Reply #5 on: December 17, 2020, 09:05:05 AM

The OP write in the question:

Perhaps rephrase that to, "Get the teacher to ....".  Frankly, I think the teacher should be giving the guidance. It seems a bit lazy of a teacher to just say "pick a concerto".


Perhaps the piano teacher offered several acceptable concertos in terms of difficulty and wanted the student to listen to them and choose one he would enjoy working on. 

Perhaps the student should do that


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Re: Need help picking concerto!!!
Reply #6 on: December 17, 2020, 05:13:48 PM
Thinking about this, if those four are the concertos that the teacher suggested to pick from, for a competition, then what I see is a consultation between student and teacher after the student explores them - not between the student and strangers here.  The reason is that the teacher will know the student's strengths.  You'll want something that lets you shine.  The teacher will know what that is, and we won't.

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Re: Need help picking concerto!!!
Reply #7 on: November 23, 2023, 11:46:11 AM
Hello everyone! This is my first time posting, so sorry if I say anything weird/stupid.

I am a sophomore in high school right now, and my piano teacher asked me to pick a piano concerto to play next year. I have a year to practice for a competition, but I have no idea which to pick. I'm currently between:
Beethoven No. 1
Beethoven No. 3
Brahms No. 2
Chopin No Donkey Kong1

I am open to any other suggestions as well as tips and guidance. I have a relatively busy schedule and as much as I love the piano, I cannot dedicate too much time to it (not looking to major). Which should I pick, and why?
Choosing a piano concerto to study and perform is an exciting opportunity! Each of the concertos you mentioned is a significant piece with its own unique challenges and rewards. Here are some considerations to help you make a decision:
1. Difficulty Level: Beethoven No. 1 and No. 3, Brahms No. 2, and Chopin No. 1 are all technically demanding concertos. Beethoven's concertos require stamina and precision, while Brahms and Chopin demand expressive playing and technical finesse. Consider your current skill level, technical strengths, and areas for growth to choose a concerto that provides an appropriate challenge without overwhelming you.
2. Musical Preference: Take into account your personal musical preferences. Listen to recordings or performances of each concerto and see which one resonates with you the most. Consider the musical style, emotional depth, and overall appeal of the piece.
3. Time Commitment: As you mentioned having a busy schedule, it's important to consider the time commitment required to learn and polish a concerto. Beethoven No. 1 and Chopin No. 1 are relatively shorter in duration compared to Beethoven No. 3 and Brahms No. 2. Choosing a concerto that fits well within your available practice time can ensure a more manageable learning process.
4. Technical and Musical Growth: Reflect on the technical and musical aspects you want to develop. Beethoven concertos, for example, can enhance your technical skills and interpretive abilities. Brahms and Chopin concertos offer opportunities to explore deep expressiveness and refined musicality. Consider which concerto aligns with your goals for growth and improvement.
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