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Saint-Saëns First Piano Concerto Opus 17
#2983454 05/24/20 09:55 PM
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This 1858 piano concerto is, for a lack of better words, wonderfully youthful. Saint-Saëns himself said in 1920 of this piano concerto, that he was inspired by the Fontainebleau Forest, where he used to picnic with his friends, to write this concerto.

A horn call brings the instruments together in the first movement... doesn't it remind you of Brahms's B-flat concerto? wink

The Saint-Saëns First Piano Concerto, despite being a lyrical and expressive concerto, almost symbolist in a way {representing the beautiful trees, although maybe I'm looking into that too much}, it is terribly hard. It's [probably] harder than the (much more famous) Second Piano Concerto in G minor. (Which this concerto's second movement is almost a precursor to.)

Why? The same reason Mozart [in my opinion] is more difficult than any other composer, including Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Henselt. Melodies are not easy to fake.

Here's a video of the Saint-Saëns No. 1 in D, Op. 17.

Wonderful music, is it not?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeR1nESASiI

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Re: Saint-Saëns First Piano Concerto Opus 17
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Thank you for posting this! I was just getting aquainted with this piece in junior high/early high school some 10 years ago right before Stephen Hough's set was taken off YouTube, and I never thought to return. The opening horn call and the double note triples figure over the falling sequence with the slurs 2 minutes in is vividly etched within my mind.


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