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During the 1800s it became more popular that the pianist played the concert himself. The most popular concert forum earlier seems to be in a Soaré-form, where the pianist shared the concert with other musicans - singers, violinists etc.

In Sweden was the first concert with a pianist alone in 1850, but how was it in US or in Europe over all? Are we much later in Sweden? I heard a reputation that Liszt was first with a solo-concert in 1839. Is it true he was first? In 1850, when the first swedish concert was - was it a common concert-form on the continent?

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I do not know which composer gave the first solo concert, but Liszt was certainly not the first. Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart all played solo concerts. By the way, the correct spelling of the French word you are using is "soirée".

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Originally Posted by Pianist685
I do not know which composer gave the first solo concert, but Liszt was certainly not the first. Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart all played solo concerts. By the way, the correct spelling of the French word you are using is "soirée".
I believe Soaré is the Swedish word for Soiree in English and Soirée in French.

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Solo piano concerts were practically unheard of in the Americas until Louis Moreau Gottschalk. It's not hyperbole to say that his North American, Central and South American tours from 1853-1869 after returning from training in Europe single-handedly cemented the practice in the New World. It probably helped that he was talented enough that Chopin, Liszt and Alkan all praised his ability, despite the common prejudices against Americans as being culturally ignorant and backward (which they very much were at the time).

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Gottschalk did not give solo piano concerts as a rule. He had other musicians with him.


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