Thread: What Is the Easiest Piano Concerto?
Shostakovich’s 2nd piano concerto is very easy.. except for the third movement. maybe you can just learn the first two movements?
I’m gonna put my money on Rach 3 by the logic that the first few bars are pretty easy.
Maybe the notes of some concertos are easy, but it doesn’t account for the requirements of your general accomplishment as a pianist when it comes to creating the right sound. I daresay no concerto is easy in that aspect.
Dvoraks Piano Concerto.
After the premier he realised that he didnt have the skill to write virtuosic piano parts and it ended up being more like a 3 movement symphony for piano and orchestra.
Easiest Mozart Piano Concertos
Because you sound like you really want to learn a Mozart piano concerto, I really reffer you to Piano Concertos No.1 and No.3. I am learning them from the Music Minus One Piano group’s two cd deluxe set. I got mine used online from Borders for around $40. It is really cool, it comes with a practice cd and a performance cd (this cd just being the orchestra). But I really do suggest these two, they are perfect for a minor challenge for beginner pianists, and a good colletion for intermediate pianists to have.
I never said rubato is not allowed! It’s just that too much rubato in a Mozart concerto can lead to stylistic errors and a mood that I don’t think Mozart was looking for.
Plus, if you think the Beethoven 1st and the Grieg are student material you are insane. They are probably the easiest of the popular concerti, which sounds as if that is the main bulk of your musical diet, but they are not as beneficial to a student learning concerti as say Bach, Mozart or Schumann.
The Grieg is usually known as a student Piano Concerto. It’s not the “easiest” but it is by no means difficult either. Any serious piano student in college could probably play the Grieg fairly well.
Yes. yes, that is exactly what I was thinking.
Bach Concerto in D minor BWV1052. From a technical standpoint it isn’t all that bad. That sa >
A lot of elementary students get the BWV1056 too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsqeZgEWoIg
Personally, I feel that the Grieg is the easiest of the “standard” concerti repertoire. Mozart isn’t too difficult technically, but I wouldn’t give his concerti to any of my students because they are just so damn hard to pull off.
Most of the Mozart piano concertos are towards the lower end of the difficulty spectrum. Bach d-minor would be a good choice too. I don’t know of any romantic or modern concertos that are easy.
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Umm–you might want to try a slightly later period, say one after the piano had been invented, LOL!
The Haydn D Major is relatively easy and quite a bit of fun to play. You might also want to look at several 20th Century ‘student’ concertos, such as the Shostakovich 2nd (which he wrote for his teenage son). It’s a quite delightful work, with a gorgeous second movement, but some tricky sections in the finale (mainly meter changes).
I really can’t think of many ‘Romantic’ piano concertos that are relatively easy–that was the era of the “Showman” pianist, and concertos were written for both technical and musical display. Of the “Romantic” concertos, the Greig lies extremely well for the hand, though it entails some full-keyboard scale passages in both hands in the finale. The Schumann a-minor lies quite well, but there are very tricky passages in the first movment cadenza and almost the entire ‘moto-perpetuo’ finale. I wouldn’t tackle it until you’ve gotten your feet wet with some easier piano-orchestral works.
Some of the early Mozart concerti are very grateful to play, and even one of his later ones, the A-Major K488, which is more of a ‘chamber’ concerto, offers a great deal of pleasure without undue technical difficulty–IF you’re up on your ‘scale’ work.
My own reccomendations, in ascending level of difficulty, would be:
Haydn–Concerto in D
Shostakovitch–2nd Piano Concerto
Mozart–Concerto in A Major, K488
Kabalevsky–Concerto in a minor, op. 9 (sounds harder than it actually is)
Grieg–Concerto in a minor (needs power and dexterity in the finale)
Schumann–Concerto in a minor (work up to it–VERY tricky finale)
Firstly I would ask your teacher, because your ability is a big factor in choosing a concerto!
My advice is to pick something from the classical period or a bit earlier. A Bach, Haydn or Mozart. Although many people seem to think that Mozart is ‘easy’, they are wrong! It requires a lot of hard work and a great amount of musical precision to pull off a Mozart Concerto. If I were you, I would stay far away from the Grieg and Schumann as others have suggested, leave them for a second concerto as they have both very technically and musically demanding passages, too great for a first attempt at a concerto. Hope this helped.