|Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano|
The concertos are somewhat like symphonies, with the addition of a soloist with the orchestra. But while a classical symphony usually has 4 movements, a classical concerto will almost always have 3 movements [usually in the form of fast, slow, fast]. Also, in a concerto something that you will have that you will not have in a symphony is the cadenza. A cadenza is when the entire orchestra will put their instruments in non-playing position, and the soloist performs by himself a virtuoso passage that is meant to show off the soloists great virtuosity.
One more thing you will notice about the concerto is that for the most part [but not always] the soloist will play the piece by memory, without the music. That is in a solo concerto. For double and triple concertos, I think because of tradition, most of the time the solo players will have the written music before them.
Without further ado, here are examples [one movement] of the concerto for different instruments: Rachmaninoff’s thrilling, dramatic and extremely virtuosic piano concerto #3; Dvorak’s epic cello concerto; Tchaikovsky’s great and exciting violin concerto; and Hummel’s electric trumpet concerto.
Please turn up the volume and enjoy these great concerti.
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3 in D-minor, Movement 1, Allegro ma non tanto:
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E-Major, Movement 3, Allegro:
Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B-minor, movement 3, Allegro Moderato-Andante-Allegro Vivo:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin concerto in D-Major, Movement 1, Allegro Moderato:
Authored By Tales from a tribble