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    Question 1st Piano Concerto Suggestions?

    I am a somewhat advanced pianist. For irrelevant reasons, I've never played a concerto before, and I finally will this year! I'm stoked about this, and my teacher is giving me basically total control over which concerto I'll play.

    The thing is, the concertos I know of tend to be ridiculously out of my reach (you know, like Tchaikovsky B-flat, Rach 3, Brahms 2, etc.).

    My teacher has suggested the Schumann A minor (that's the one she would prefer for me to play, but again, I'm the one to choose). I would love some suggestions of concertos within that difficulty range, especially for someone who's never played with an orchestra before!

    As more of a reference for the skill level I'm looking for, right now I'm playing:
    Bach WTC II, D major
    Mozart Sonata in A minor, K. 310
    Beethoven Sonata in F-sharp major, Op. 78
    Chopin Ballade No. 3, Op. 47
    A few etudes ("Sunshine", "Ocean", just started "Winter Wind")
    Rach Etude in E-flat minor, Op. 33
    Rorem Barcarolles

    Thanks in advance.

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    Maybe Greg's a minor.. as has a good theme and not as hard as others IMHO...George Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue " is a good runner up for concerto practice concept also and as well good for the reportorial list. also youtube has a number of performances of said compositions you can check out.
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