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Piano Concertos

A Concerto is a work that features the individual members or sections of the orchestra as soloists with dominant roles. It generally refers to a work that displays a solo instrument with an instrumental group.

The earliest form of concerto - the Baroque Concerto arose in Italy adn was built on the contrast between 2 groups of performers, usually the solo strings and the full ensemble. The soloists or sometimes the more accomplished players form the "concertante" while the accompanying string ensemble form the "ripieno". A keyboard instrument, such as the harpsichord plays a part, which is known as "continuo".

Concerto of the later era takes on a different concept. Many composers wrote a Concerto for Orchestra. The typical form of a Classical Concerto consists of a 3-movement work, for solo instrument and orchestra. The first movement of a solo concerto is usually fast, the second is like an aria and the finale is in a quick dance-like style. One special and important feature of the concerto is the cadenza whereby the soloist can improvise and display his technical skills while the orchestras is not playing.

A Piano Concerto is a work that features piano as soloists, playing within the orchestra. Ten Piano Concertos you shouldn’t missed!!! Here is a brief description.


Written by Boon Sin Ler


Schubert Sonata in C major, D. 279 pianist - Neil Crossland
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