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what is/was your 1st piano concerto that you learned?

Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by amelialw, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. amelialw

    amelialw New Member

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    What is/was your 1st piano concerto that you are learning/have learnt?

    if so, have you had a chance to play it with an orchestra before?

    My 1st piano concerto that i'm learning now is the Schumann Concerto in a minor op.54 (complete)
     
  2. nathanscoleman

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    My first I learned was the Mendelssohn # 1 ... really fun ... then the Mozart 20th.

    I'm playing around with the Shostakovich # 2 right now, it's not too hard ... but I'm seriously working on the Totentanz by Liszt, my favorite piano/orch piece.

    Never played with a orchestra but I'd love to! :wink:
     
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    I'm learning my first concerto right now: the Prokofiev 3rd. Right now I'm just working on the 1st movement for competitions next year... Then I'll be finishing it by 2 years from now (when I'm a senior...), and then when I'm a senior I'll also probably be learning a movement from the Mozart 23rd (I love that one!) for a competition I'll probably be entering where you need a full concerto and then a movement of a Mozart concerto for part of it...
     
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    On a whim, I decided to try to learn Rach's third; needless to say, I nearly lost my mind. I was able to play about the notes, spent about two years on it. Severe, chronic insomnia ensued. Lost my focus. Classic burnout.

    Of course, this was unwise. All that was a bitter learning experience which has left me a very cautious guy. I'll give it another go pretty soon. But there will probably not be a competition in my future, I'm WAY too recklessly ambitious. I would literally kill myself from overwork. No, thanks! :lol:

    Hopefully, given proper recovery time, I'll regain my senses and learn something of Papa Hayden's.

    Amazingly, I've remained injury free. So I consider myself extremely lucky.

    Actually, it was fun. :lol:
     
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    Hmmm... PJF, have you ever seen the movie "Shine"?

    I believe that the pianist went insane whilst playing the Rach3.

    Do I sense a parallel here??? :shock:
     
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    Maybe just a little. :lol:
     
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    I have learned a solo piano adaptation of the 2nd movement of Grieg's famous A Minor Concerto.

    I tend to like fast pieces more than slow pieces, and minor tonalities more than major tonalities.

    Why I adore this piece is beyond me. :D
     
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    My first was the Grieg. And no, I didn't play it with an orchestra, because I only came in second place. :(
     
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    Ah Grieg... some days ago, I went to a concert of the Grieg Pianoduo, they played Grieg's pianoconcerto with four hands. :D

    By the way, did you know that Percy Grainger once played this pianoconcerto with a bruise in his little finger? :?
     
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    Probably from practicing it. :lol:
     
  11. Anonymous

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    Ravels G major.
     
  12. Anonymous

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    Oh, I like that one. :)
     
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    the Rachmaninoff 2nd, movement 3, was my first but the Tchaikovsky 1st was my first complete concerto.
     
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    Haydn Piano Concerto in G Hob.XVIII:4, 1st movement. I played it with my teacher accompanying me at a small recital for all her students (just parents and friends attending), was so excited to play a concerto I forgot how it started!! I played the first few notes about 5 times, look at my teacher in desperation, tried one more time and I was off and racing

    Waiting for the DVD to come back and if it turns out ok I might post it in the audition room. Does piano society put up concertos without full orchestra backing?
     
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    I attempted the first movements from Beethoven's 1st and Saint-Saëns's 2nd, and pretty much failed at both. But someday I'll have my revenge!
     
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    First thing I played with orchestra was Gershwins Rhapsody in blue - not a concerto really...then, the first thing I worked on after that was Rachmaninovs 2nd, but I only learned and performed the first movement at that time (with 2nd piano). Other projects more recently have been Beethovens third and Ravels left-hand concerto. And now it's time to do Mozart 23rd!
     
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    My first concerto was Mendelssohn's 1st in g minor, first movement. I loved the little beauty (still do). Now I am considering tackling Brahms' 2nd in its entirety... I'm just going to have talk my beloved teacher into believing that this is a good idea! :)
     
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    I hope that you do realise that there is a vast differrence in difficulty between the Mendelssohn concerto in g minor from the Brahms 2.

    Quite a number of people learn the mendelssohn concerto as a 1st and the Brahms concerto is considered as one of the hardest, far off from the standard off the mendelssohn piano concerto.

    Honestly, your teacher will say the same thing. If you want to learn another one perhaps look at other concertos for example concertos by: Bach,Beethoven,Mozart,Grieg,Schumann etc.

    There are many others to choose from
     
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    Oh yes, I am fully aware of the difficulties of the Brahms second piano concerto. The technical and musical complexity of the piece cannot be taken lightly. However, I learned the Mendelssohn quite a few years ago and, I would hope, have seriouly advanced since those days (especially after beginning study with this great teacher); I feel that the Brahms would be an excellent challenge for me. My teacher, I think, wants to pursue some more difficult solo literature as opposed to concerto literature at this point, which is why I would have to do a little talking to convince her. :wink:
     
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    My first concerto was Schumann. My teacher suggested as my first concerto Mozart's 23rd (K488), but I loved - and still love - the Schumann so much, that I took the Schumann. It's my dream to play this with an orchestra some day indeed! (But is there such an opportunity also for an amature performer? I dunno...)
    There are many people saying that Schumann concerto is so easy to play, but I don't think so. (Of course relative to Rach's or Prokofieff's easier.) Not only technically but also artistically this concerto is demanding.

    Sarah, I know you only from your very lovely, always polite and nevertheless meaningful posts on the Audition Room, but have heard actually nothing (I mean, recording) from you! (There are some forum members whom I'd like to know from listening, too :wink: )
     

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