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For this thread, I'd like to know what my next piano concerto could potentially be. I've been torn between too many concerti, and would really like some opinions.
I currently still have to finish the MacDowell #2, which has been, more or less, a passion project I've been working on for quite some time.
I can play the first movement pretty well, the second movement I can play a little less than well, but I'm working on fixing that. I haven't started the third movement properly.
But always thinking ahead, I've been thinking about what other concerti to include in my repertoire. I'm still (somewhat) young [I'm 19 yrs old, turning 20 in September] so I have plenty of time to learn.
My only criteria for suggestions: I'm not ready for the Grieg (solely due to the cadenza).
Otherwise, I'm open to most suggestions.
Preferably from standard repertoire this time, because I'm a business-minded person and I think championing one concerto that doesn't get played anymore (the MacDowell #2) is going to be hard enough for me. I don't think I'm ready to champion another!
In any case, whatever constructive thoughts/opinions you have, feel free to share.
I would look into Mendelssohn or Schumann, happily.
The Mendelssohn #1 is a "hyper-virtuoso" concerto, so it might suit me well enough. Mendelssohn #2 on the other hand, seems like a more "serious" concerto to tackle.
I do need to play some Schumann actually. Not sure if the concerto is a great start. But I know the themes of the first movement well enough (in my head), to (sort of) get a small headstart.
Hey now that I think about it, didn't Van Cliburn pair the MacDowell #2 with the Schumann when his recordings were re-released for CD? I know when they were on vinyl, the Prokofiev #3 took the place of [what I think was] the Schumann in the album.
Interestingly enough, the Schumann inspired the Grieg, which possibly inspired the MacDowell #1, in which the finale of the MacDowell #1 had some influence on the second movement of MacDowell #2.
Originally Posted by BruceD
Why work on concerti which you will have fewer chances to perform than solo piano works?
What solo piano repertoire have you worked on?
I may not get a chance to play concerti with the orchestra anytime in the foreseeable future, you're correct. That said, I really do enjoy the idea of playing a concerto, to the point where I'm even perfectly fine playing just the soloist part alone.
For example, the MacDowell #2 I've been working on since February 2019, and I've been very satisfied with my progress. I learnt a lot of my technique from trying to learn that concerto, and had I not chosen to learn that, I may still be playing smaller, "technically easier" pieces. (Evoking simplicity is not simple!)
As for solo repertoire, I used to have a bad habit of forgetting the pieces I learned, because I legit believed I could learn them back. Hence, the first piece I truly learnt that is STILL in my repertoire is the MacDowell Hexentanz, which I will leave a link to in the video below (I filmed this a couple weeks ago):
Other repertoire I have other than the MacDowell Hexentanz, includes only two other pieces: Liszt's Un sospiro, and Debussy's Golliwog Cakewalk.
That said, I plan on relearning a couple old pieces I used to know and keeping them for good: Beethoven's Bagatelle in A major, Op. 33, No. 4, for example.
In the future, I plan to also learn Bartòk's Mikrokosmos piece #149 (my teacher's making me, haha...), Satie's Gymnopedie No. 2, Liszt's F-sharp Impromptu S. 191, and Rachmaninoff's F-sharp minor piece (forgot how to spell it) Op. 3 No. 4.