A piano concerto is a concerto written for piano and orchestra.
Characteristics[change | change source]
Form[change | change source]
A classical piano concerto is often in three movements.
- A quick opening movement in sonata form including a cadenza (which may be improvised by the soloist).
- A slow, free expressive movement
- A faster rondo
Examples by Mozart and Beethoven follow this model, but there are many others which do not. Beethoven's fourth piano concerto includes a last-movement cadenza, and many composers have made innovations – for example Liszt's single-movement concerti.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Classical and Romantic Piano Concertos Archived 2013-06-15 at the Wayback Machine, a list of Classical and Romantic piano concertos, and other music for piano and orchestra from the same period.