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Piano Literature's Easiest Piano Concertos #1325654
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I am just breaking in to teaching young and very advanced children. I want a select few of my students (ages 8-10)to learn a piano concerto in 2010.

I know Mozart and Haydn have some concertos suitable for young students. but which ones?

Which are the absolute easiest piano concertos?

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Re: Piano Literature's Easiest Piano Concertos [Re: J Christina] #1325695
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The Mozart K. 107 Concertos are arrangements of J. C. Bach sonatas. They are readily available with parts (2 violins and bass or cello) from Schott. Also Bärenreiter sells the four concertos K. 413-449 with a set of string quartet parts, which was an option that Mozart suggested when they were published. They would be a little more difficult.

There are other sonata arrangements by Mozart, K. 37, 39, 40 and 41.

Henle sells the Haydn concertos in G and F with quartet parts. They are easier than the one in D major. They also sell a collection of concertinos, with 2 violins and cello parts. There is an easy Concerto in C sold by Boosey & Hawkes, but I do not know about parts.

Françaix wrote a cute little concertino, which is a good beginning piece.


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JS Bach concertos are fine. I have done number 5. You could try some of his contrapunctus too. No big stretches so ideal for smaller hands!

I think most would be borderline Grade VIII/diploma

The Mendlessohn G minor of the romantics is a good "starter" concert, but technically rather more difficult so better suited to a prodigy I would imagine.


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How about Ravel?



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Re: Piano Literature's Easiest Piano Concertos [Re: Pogorelich.] #1329004
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Ravel isn't even close to easy for an 8-10 year old. The stretches are too wide, and the harmonic language and rhythmic content is unfamiliar.

Haydn, Mozart, and Kabalevsky work well because they build on things kids would be familiar with. (The sonatina literature and many works for children by Russian composers - Kabalevsky, Gretchaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Khatchaturian, etc...)

There are also a couple of concerti written by modern composers with children in mind. Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee's Concertino #1 (published by FJH) and Alec Rowley's "Miniature Concerto."

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Mendelssohn was tough for me and STILL is for the moment. I'd go with Haydn.

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Oops, must've missed the age. I wouldn't go with concertos yet if I were you. There are so many more things to learn before picking up a concerto.



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Re: Piano Literature's Easiest Piano Concertos [Re: Pogorelich.] #1329088
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Originally Posted by AngelinaPogorelich
Oops, must've missed the age. I wouldn't go with concertos yet if I were you. There are so many more things to learn before picking up a concerto.


The OP said "very advanced". Playing in an ensemble is great experience that should be started as young as possible. If there are easy concertos to be played, do it. Careers in music are seldom solo.

Re: Piano Literature's Easiest Piano Concertos [Re: Damon] #1329097
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That's true, but there's also great duets and duos, why not start with that and then do concertos? Unless they ARE playing with orchestras.

Mozart A major is good, if you are looking for that.



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Re: Piano Literature's Easiest Piano Concertos [Re: Pogorelich.] #1329114
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Maybe they are already doing duets.

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Mozart #12 (the other A major) is fairly easy

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Re: Piano Literature's Easiest Piano Concertos [Re: J Christina] #2122175
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This may sound odd but I find Mozart's more dramatic piano concertos such as the 29th the easiest so...

P.s. Sorry for resurrecting an old thread. frown


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Meanwhile, Mozart apparently composed two more piano concerti.

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The Haydn in D is not too tough.


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Originally Posted by maxmila
Meanwhile, Mozart apparently composed two more piano concerti.
I understand that Beethoven is now up to 7 piano concerti. grin

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Meanwhile, Mozart apparently composed two more piano concerti.
I understand that Beethoven is now up to 7 piano concerti. grin

8 if you count his arrangement of the violin concerto.


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