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A concerto (/kənˈtʃɛərtoʊ/; plural concertos, or concerti from the Italian plural) is a musical composition usually composed in three movements, in which, usually, one solo instrument (for instance, a piano, violin, cello or flute) is accompanied by an orchestra or concert band. It is accepted that its characteristics and definition have changed over time. In the 17th century, sacred works for voices and orchestra were typically called concertos,[1] as reflected by J. S. Bach’s usage of the title "concerto" for many of the works that we know as cantatas.[1]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Early- Baroque
Baroque
concerto 3 Late- Baroque
Baroque
concerto 4 Classical concerto

4.1 Violin
Violin
concertos 4.2 Cello
Cello
concertos 4.3 Keyboard concertos 4.4 Concertos for other instruments

5 Romantic concerto

5.1 Violin
Violin
concertos 5.2 Cello
Cello
concertos 5.3 Piano
Piano
concertos

6 20th-century concerto

6.1 Violin
Violin
concertos 6.2 Cello
Cello
concertos 6.3 Piano
Piano
concertos 6.4 Concertos for other instruments 6.5 Concertos for orchestra or concert band

7 Concertos for two or more instruments 8 See also 9 References 10 Sources 11 External links

Etymology[edit] The word concerto comes from Italian; its etymology is uncertain, but it seems to originate from the conjunction of two Latin words: conserere (meaning to tie, to join, to weave) and certamen (competition, fight). The idea is that the two parts in a concerto—the soloist and the orchestra or concert band—alternate between episodes of opposition, cooperation, and independence to create a sense of flow. The concerto, as understood in this modern way, arose in the Baroque period, in parallel to the concerto grosso, which contrasted a small group of instruments called a concertino with the rest of the orchestra, called the ripieno. The popularity of the concerto grosso form declined after the Baroque
Baroque
period, and the genre was not revived until the 20th century. The solo concerto, however, has remained a vital musical force from its inception to this day. Early- Baroque
Baroque
concerto[edit] The term "concerto" was initially used to denote works that involved voices and instruments in which the instruments had independent parts—as opposed to the Renaissance common practice in which instruments that accompanied voices only doubled the voice parts.[2] Examples of this earlier form of concerto include Giovanni Gabrieli's "In Ecclesiis" or Heinrich Schütz's "Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich". Late- Baroque
Baroque
concerto[edit] See also: Ripieno concerto The concerto began to take its modern shape in the late-Baroque period, beginning with the concerto grosso form popularized by Arcangelo Corelli. Corelli's concertino group was two violins and a cello. In J. S. Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, for example, the concertino is a flute, a violin, and a harpsichord;[3] the harpsichord sometimes plays with the ripieno, as opposed to playing a continuo keyboard accompaniment.[4] Later, the concerto approached its modern form, in which the concertino usually reduces to a single solo instrument playing with (or against) an orchestra. The main composers of concertos of the baroque were Tommaso Albinoni, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach,[5] George Frideric Handel, Pietro Locatelli, Giuseppe Tartini, Francesco Geminiani
Francesco Geminiani
and Johann Joachim Quantz. The concerto was intended as a composition typical of the Italian style of the time, and all the composers were studying how to compose in the Italian fashion (all'Italiana). The Baroque
Baroque
concerto was mainly for a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, seldom viola d'amore or harp) or a wind instrument (oboe, trumpet, flute, or horn). Bach
Bach
also wrote a concerto for two violins and orchestra.[6] During the Baroque
Baroque
period, before the invention of the piano, keyboard concertos were comparatively rare, with the exception of the organ and some harpsichord concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach. As the harpsichord evolved into the fortepiano, and in the end to the modern piano, the increased volume and the richer sound of the new instrument allowed the keyboard instrument to better compete with a full orchestra.[citation needed] Cello
Cello
concertos have been written since the Baroque
Baroque
era, if not earlier. Among the works from that period, those by Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi
and Giuseppe Tartini are still part of the standard repertoire today.[citation needed] Classical concerto[edit]

Sonata form
Sonata form
in the Classical Concerto.[7] See: trill (music), cadenza, and coda (music). For exposition, development and recapitulation, see sonata form.

The concertos of the sons of Johann Sebastian Bach, such as CPE Bach, are perhaps the best links between those of the Baroque
Baroque
period and those of the Classical era. It is conventional to state that the first movements of concertos from the Classical period onwards follow the structure of sonata form. Final movements are often in rondo form, as in J.S. Bach's E Major Violin
Violin
Concerto.[7] Violin
Violin
concertos[edit] Mozart
Mozart
wrote five violin concertos, all in 1775. They show a number of influences, notably Italian and Austrian. Several passages have leanings towards folk music, as manifested in Austrian serenades. Mozart
Mozart
also wrote the highly regarded Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra. Beethoven wrote only one violin concerto, under-appreciated until revealed as a masterpiece in a performance by violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim. Cello
Cello
concertos[edit] Haydn wrote at least two cello concertos (for cello, oboes, horns, and strings), which are the most important works in that genre of the classical era. However, C.P.E. Bach's three cello concertos and Boccherini's twelve concertos are also noteworthy. Keyboard concertos[edit] C.P.E. Bach's keyboard concertos contain some virtuosic solo writing. Some of them have movements that run into one another without a break, and there are frequent cross-movement thematic references. Mozart, as a child, made arrangements for keyboard and orchestra of four sonatas by now little-known composers. Then he arranged three sonata movements by Johann Christian Bach. By the time he was twenty, Mozart
Mozart
was able to write concerto ritornelli that gave the orchestra admirable opportunity for asserting its character in an exposition with some five or six sharply contrasted themes, before the soloist enters to elaborate on the material. Of his 27 piano concertos, the last 22 are highly appreciated. A dozen cataloged keyboard concertos are attributed to Haydn, of which only three or four are considered genuine.[8] Concertos for other instruments[edit] C.P.E. Bach
Bach
wrote four flute concertos and two oboe concertos. Bohemian composer Francesco Antonio Rosetti
Antonio Rosetti
composed several solo and double horn concertos. He was a significant contributor to the genre of horn concertos in the 18th century. Most of his outstanding horn concertos were composed between 1782 and 1789 for the Bohemian duo Franz Zwierzina and Joseph Nage while at the Bavarian court of Oettingen-Wallerstein. One of his best-known works in this genre is his Horn Concerto
Concerto
in E flat major C49/K III:36. It consists of three movements: 1. Allegro moderato 2. Romance 3. Rondo. Many common features of the galant style are present in Rosetti's music and composing style. In his E-flat horn concerto, we hear periodic and short phrases, galant harmonic rhythm and melodic line reduction.[original research?] Rosetti's influence on the 18th century composers, musicians and music was considerable. At the Bavarian court of Oettingen-Wallerstein, his music was often performed by the Wallerstein ensembles. In Paris, his compositions were performed by the best ensembles of the city, including the orchestra of the Concert Spirituel. His publishers were Le Menu et Boyer and Sieber. According to H. C. Robbins Landon
H. C. Robbins Landon
( Mozart
Mozart
scholar),[full citation needed] Rosetti's horn concertos might have been a model for Mozart's horn concertos. Mozart
Mozart
wrote one concerto each for flute, oboe (later rearranged for flute and known as Flute
Flute
Concerto
Concerto
No. 2), clarinet, and bassoon, four for horn,[contradictory] a Concerto
Concerto
for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra, and Exsultate, jubilate, a de facto concerto for soprano voice.[citation needed] They all exploit and explore the characteristics of the solo instrument(s). Haydn wrote an important trumpet concerto and a Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, oboe and bassoon as well as two horn concertos. Romantic concerto[edit] Violin
Violin
concertos[edit] Main article: Violin
Violin
concerto In the 19th century the concerto as a vehicle for virtuosic display flourished as never before. It was an age in which the artist was seen as hero, to be worshipped with rapture. Early Romantic traits can be found in the violin concertos of Viotti, but it is Spohr's twelve violin concertos, written between 1802 and 1827, that truly embrace the Romantic spirit with their melodic as well as their dramatic qualities.[citation needed] Cello
Cello
concertos[edit] Main article: Cello
Cello
concerto Since the Romantic era, the cello has received as much attention as the piano and violin as a concerto instrument, and many great Romantic and even more 20th-century composers left examples. Antonín Dvořák's cello concerto ranks among the supreme examples from the Romantic era while Robert Schumann's focuses on the lyrical qualities of the instrument. The instrument was also popular with composers of the Franco-Belgian tradition: Saint-Saëns and Vieuxtemps wrote two cello concertos each and Lalo and Jongen one. Elgar's popular concerto, while written in the early 20th century, belongs to the late romantic period stylistically. Beethoven contributed to the repertoire with a Triple Concerto
Concerto
for piano, violin, cello and orchestra while later in the century, Brahms wrote a Double Concerto
Concerto
for violin, cello and orchestra. Tchaikovsky's contribution to the genre is a series of Variations on a Rococo Theme.[clarification needed] He also left very fragmentary sketches of a projected Cello
Cello
Concerto. Cellist Yuriy Leonovich and Tchaikovsky researcher Brett Langston published their completion of the piece in 2006.[citation needed] Carl Reinecke, David Popper
David Popper
and Julius Klengel
Julius Klengel
also wrote cello concertos that were popular in their time and are still played occasionally nowadays. Today's 'core' repertoire—performed the most of any cello concertos—are by Elgar, Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, Haydn, Shostakovich and Schumann, but many more concertos are performed nearly as often (see below: cello concertos in the 20th century). Piano
Piano
concertos[edit] Main article: Piano
Piano
concerto Beethoven's five piano concertos increase the technical demands made on the soloist. The last two are particularly remarkable, integrating the concerto into a large symphonic structure with movements that frequently run into one another. His Piano
Piano
Concerto
Concerto
No. 4 starts, against tradition, with a statement by the piano, after which the orchestra enters in a foreign key, to present what would normally have been the opening tutti. The work has an essentially lyrical character. The slow movement is a dramatic dialogue between the soloist and the orchestra. His Piano
Piano
Concerto
Concerto
No. 5 has the basic rhythm of a Viennese military march. There is no lyrical second subject, but in its place a continuous development of the opening material.[original research?] The piano concertos of Cramer, Field, Düssek, Woelfl, Ries, and Hummel provide a link from the Classical concerto to the Romantic concerto. Chopin wrote two piano concertos in which the orchestra is very much relegated to an accompanying role. Schumann, despite being a pianist-composer, wrote a piano concerto in which virtuosity is never allowed to eclipse the essential lyrical quality of the work. The gentle, expressive melody heard at the beginning on woodwind and horns (after the piano's heralding introductory chords) bears the material for most of the argument in the first movement. In fact, argument in the traditional developmental sense is replaced by a kind of variation technique in which soloist and orchestra interweave their ideas.[original research?] Liszt's mastery of piano technique matched that of Paganini
Paganini
for the violin. His concertos No. 1 and No. 2 left a deep impression on the style of piano concerto writing, influencing Rubinstein, and especially Tchaikovsky, whose First Piano
Piano
Concerto's rich chordal opening is justly famous.[citation needed] Grieg's concerto likewise begins in a striking manner after which it continues in a lyrical vein.[citation needed] Brahms's First Piano
Piano
Concerto
Concerto
in D minor (pub 1861) was the result of an immense amount of work on a mass of material originally intended for a symphony. His Second Piano
Piano
Concerto
Concerto
in B♭ major (1881) has four movements and is written on a larger scale than any earlier concerto. Like his violin concerto, it is symphonic in proportions. Fewer piano concertos were written in the late Romantic Period.[citation needed] But Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff
wrote four piano concertos between 1891 and 1926. His Second and Third, being the most popular of the four, went on to become among the most famous in the piano repertoire.[citation needed] Other romantic piano concertos, like those by Kalkbrenner, Henri Herz, Moscheles and Thalberg were also very popular in the Romantic era, but not today.[citation needed] 20th-century concerto[edit] Many of the concertos written in the early 20th century belong more to the late Romantic school than to any modernistic movement.[clarification needed] Masterpieces were written by Edward Elgar
Elgar
(a violin concerto and a cello concerto), Sergei Rachmaninoff and Nikolai Medtner
Nikolai Medtner
(four and three piano concertos, respectively), Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius
(a violin concerto), Frederick Delius
Frederick Delius
(a violin concerto, a cello concerto, a piano concerto and a double concerto for violin and cello), Karol Szymanowski
Karol Szymanowski
(two violin concertos and a "Symphonie Concertante" for piano), and Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss
(two horn concertos, a violin concerto, Don Quixote—a tone poem that features the cello as a soloist—and among later works, an oboe concerto). However, in the first decades of the 20th century, several composers such as Debussy, Schoenberg, Berg, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Bartók
Bartók
started experimenting with ideas that were to have far-reaching consequences for the way music is written and, in some cases, performed. Some of these innovations include a more frequent use of modality, the exploration of non-western scales, the development of atonality and neotonality, the wider acceptance of dissonances, the invention of the twelve-tone technique of composition and the use of polyrhythms and complex time signatures. These changes also affected the concerto as a musical form. Beside more or less radical effects on musical language, they led to a redefinition of the concept of virtuosity that included new and extended instrumental techniques and a focus on previously neglected aspects of sound such as pitch, timbre and dynamics. In some cases, they also brought about a new approach to the role of soloists and their relation to the orchestra. Violin
Violin
concertos[edit] Two great innovators of early 20th-century music, Schoenberg and Stravinsky, both wrote violin concertos. The material in Schoenberg's concerto, like that in Berg's, is linked by the twelve-tone serial method. Bartók, another major 20th-century composer, wrote two important concertos for violin. Russian composers Prokofiev
Prokofiev
and Shostakovich each wrote two concertos while Khachaturian wrote a concerto and a Concerto-Rhapsody for the instrument. Hindemith's concertos hark back to the forms of the 19th century, even if the harmonic language he used was different. Three violin concertos from David Diamond show the form in neoclassical style. In 1950 Carlos Chávez
Carlos Chávez
completed a substantial Violin
Violin
Concerto
Concerto
with an enormous central cadenza for the unaccompanied violin. More recently, Dutilleux's L'Arbre des songes has proved an important addition to the repertoire and a fine example of the composer's atonal yet melodic style. Other composers of major violin concertos include John Adams, Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, Peter Maxwell Davies, Philip Glass, Cristóbal Halffter, György Ligeti, Frank Martin, Carl Nielsen, Walter Piston, Alfred Schnittke, Jean Sibelius, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Walton, and Roger Sessions. Cello
Cello
concertos[edit] In the 20th century, particularly after the Second World War, the cello enjoyed an unprecedented popularity. As a result, its concertante repertoire caught up with those of the piano and the violin both in terms of quantity and quality. An important factor in this phenomenon was the rise of virtuoso cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. His outstanding technique and passionate playing prompted dozens of composers to write pieces for him, first in his native Soviet Union and then abroad. Among such compositions may be listed Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto, Dmitri Shostakovich's two cello concertos, Benjamin Britten's Cello-Symphony (which emphasizes, as its title suggests, the equal importance of soloist and orchestra), Henri Dutilleux' Tout un monde lointain..., Cristóbal Halffter's two cello concertos, Witold Lutosławski's cello concerto, Dmitry Kabalevsky's two cello concertos, Aram Khachaturian's Concerto-Rhapsody, Arvo Pärt's Pro et Contra, Alfred Schnittke, André Jolivet
André Jolivet
and Krzysztof Penderecki second cello concertos, Sofia Gubaidulina's Canticles of the Sun, Luciano Berio's Ritorno degli Snovidenia, Leonard Bernstein's Three Meditations, James MacMillan's cello concerto and Olivier Messiaen's Concert à quatre (a quadruple concerto for cello, piano, oboe, flute and orchestra). In addition, several important composers who were not directly influenced by Rostropovich wrote cello concertos: Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, Carlos Chávez, Alexander Glazunov, Hans Werner Henze, Paul Hindemith, Arthur Honegger, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, György Ligeti, Darius Milhaud, Nikolai Myaskovsky, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Joaquín Rodrigo, Toru Takemitsu, William Walton, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann for instance. Piano
Piano
concertos[edit] Igor Stravinsky
Stravinsky
wrote three works for solo piano and orchestra: Concerto
Concerto
for Piano
Piano
and Wind Instruments, Capriccio for Piano
Piano
and Orchestra, and Movements for Piano
Piano
and Orchestra. Sergei Prokofiev, another Russian composer, wrote five piano concertos, which he himself performed.[citation needed] Dmitri Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich
composed two. Fellow Soviet composer Aram Khachaturian contributed to the repertoire with a piano concerto and a Concerto-Rhapsody. Arnold Schoenberg's Piano
Piano
Concerto
Concerto
is a well-known example of a dodecaphonic piano concerto. Béla Bartók
Bartók
also wrote three piano concertos. Like their violin counterparts, they show the various stages in his musical development. Bartok's also rearranged his chamber piece, Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, into a Concerto
Concerto
for Two Pianos and Percussion, adding orchestral accompaniment. Cristóbal Halffter wrote a prize-winning neoclassical Piano
Piano
Concerto in 1953, and a second Piano
Piano
Concerto
Concerto
in 1987–88. Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
wrote a concerto for piano, though it was later reworked as a concerto for two pianos and orchestra—both versions have been recorded—while Benjamin Britten's concerto for piano (1938) is a prominent work from his early period. Important piano concertos by Latin-American composers included one by Carlos Chávez, two by Alberto Ginastera, and five by Heitor Villa-Lobos. György Ligeti's concerto (1988) has a synthetic quality: it mixes complex rhythms, the composer's Hungarian roots and his experiments with micropolyphony from the 1960s and 1970s.[9] Witold Lutoslawski's piano concerto, completed in the same year, alternates between playfulness and mystery. It also displays a partial return to melody after the composer's aleatoric period.[10] Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin
Rodion Shchedrin
has written six piano concertos. Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara
Einojuhani Rautavaara
wrote three piano concertos, the third one dedicated to Vladimir Ashkenazy, who played and conducted the world première. Concertos for other instruments[edit] The 20th century also witnessed a growth of the concertante repertoire of instruments, some of which had seldom or never been used in this capacity. As a result, almost all classical instruments now have a concertante repertoire. Examples include:

Accordion concerto: Hovhaness, Sofia Gubaidulina, Toshio Hosokawa, Kalevi Aho Alto saxophone
Alto saxophone
Concerto: Adams, Creston, Dahl, Denisov, Dubois, Glazunov, Husa, Ibert, Koch, Larsson, Maslanka, Muczynski, Salonen, Ticheli, Tomasi, Worley, Yoshimatsu Bagpipe: Chieftain's Salute by Graham Waterhouse Bandoneón
Bandoneón
Concerto: Piazzolla Baritone saxophone
Baritone saxophone
Concerto: Gaines, Glaser, Haas, van Beurden Bass clarinet
Bass clarinet
Concerto: Bouliane Bass oboe concerto: Bryars Bassoon concerto: Aho, Butterworth, Davies, Donatoni, Eckhardt-Gramatté, Fujikura, Gubaidulina, Hétu, Jolivet, Kaipainen, Knipper, Landowski, Panufnik, Rihm, Rota, Sæverud, J. Williams Clarinet concerto: Aho, Arnold, Copland, Davies, Denisov, Dusapin, Fairouz, Finzi, Françaix, Hartke, Hétu, Hindemith, Nielsen, Penderecki, Piston, Rautavaara, Shapey, Stravinsky, Takemitsu, Ticheli, Tomasi, J. Williams Clavinet
Clavinet
concerto: Woolf Contrabassoon
Contrabassoon
Concerto: Aho, Erb Contrabass flute
Contrabass flute
Concerto: McGowan Cornet
Cornet
Concerto: Wright Double bass
Double bass
concerto: Aho, Gagneux, Henze, Koussevitsky, Davies, Ohzawa, Rautavaara, Skalkottas, Tubin Euphonium
Euphonium
Concerto: Clarke, Cosma, Ewazen, Gillingham, Golland, Graham, Horovitz, Lindberg, Linkola, Sparke, Wilby. Flute
Flute
Concerto: Aho, Arnold, Davies, Denisov, Dusapin, Harman, Hétu, Ibert, Jolivet, Landowski, Nielsen, Penderecki, Rautavaara, Rodrigo, Takemitsu, J. Williams Free bass accordion
Free bass accordion
Concerto: Serry, Sr. Guitar
Guitar
Concerto: Arnold, Brouwer, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Hovhaness, Ohana, Ponce, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos Harmonica concerto: Arnold, Hovhaness, Vaughan Williams, Villa-Lobos Harp
Harp
Concerto: Ginastera, Glière, Jongen, Milhaud, Jolivet, Rautavaara, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos Harpsichord
Harpsichord
Concerto: de Falla, Glass, Górecki, Martinů, Poulenc Horn Concerto: Aho, Arnold, Arutiunian, Atterberg, Bowen, Carter, Davies, Glière, Gipps, Hindemith, Hovhaness, Jacob, Knussen, Ligeti, Murail, Penderecki, Strauss, Tomasi, J. Williams Kanun Concerto: Alnar Mandolin
Mandolin
Concerto: Thile Marimba concerto: Creston, Larsen, Milhaud, Rosauro, Svoboda, Viñao Oboe
Oboe
concerto: Aho, Arnold, Bouliane, Davies, Denisov, Harman, MacMillan, Maderna, Martinů, Penderecki, Shchedrin, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Zimmermann Ondes Martenot
Ondes Martenot
concerto: Jolivet Organ concerto: Arnold, Hanson, Harrison, Hétu, Hindemith, Jongen, MacMillan, Peeters, Poulenc, Rorem, Sowerby Percussion concerto: Aho, Dorman, Glass, Jolivet, MacMillan, Milhaud, Rautavaara, Susman Piccolo
Piccolo
Concerto: Davies, Liebermann Recorder concerto: Malcolm Arnold, Richard Harvey Shakuhachi
Shakuhachi
Concerto: Takemitsu Sheng Concerto: Unsuk Chin. Soprano saxophone
Soprano saxophone
Concerto: Aho, Higdon, Hovhaness, Mackey, Torke, Yoshimatsu. Tenor saxophone
Tenor saxophone
Concerto: Bennett, Ewazen, Gould, Nicolau, Ward, Wilder. Theremin
Theremin
concerto: Aho Timpani concerto: Aho, Druschetzky, Glass, Kraft, Rosauro Trombone
Trombone
Concerto: Aho, Bourgeois, Dusapin, Gagneux, Grøndahl, Holmboe, Larsson, Milhaud, Olsen, Rota, Rouse, Sandström, Tomasi Trumpet
Trumpet
Concerto: Aho, Arnold, Arutiunian, Böhme, Jolivet, Perry, Sandström, Ticheli, Williams, Zimmermann Tuba
Tuba
Concerto: Aho, Arutiunian, Broughton, Gagneux, Holmboe, Vaughan Williams, J. Williams Viola
Viola
concerto: Aho, Arnold, Bartók, Denisov, Gagneux, Gubaidulina, Hindemith, Kancheli, Martinů, Milhaud, Murail, Penderecki, Schnittke, Takemitsu, Walton Viola
Viola
d'amore concerto: Hindemith Xylophone
Xylophone
concerto: Mayuzumi Yamaha GX-1: Akutagawa Actress
Actress
Concerto
Concerto
for Solo Actress : The Legend Of Yush's Poet: Ehsan Saboohi

The Legend of Yush’s Poet is the first concerto written for an actress by Ehsan Saboohi.“The structure of this “concerto” is a combination of contemporary Naghali (recounting stories), spoken word, and contemporary performance art. The actress here creates musical events with voice, body, and movement; a bit like a piano concerto that does not have an orchestra. For me, the Mise-en-scène functions like the orchestration of a piece.[11] Among the works of the prolific composer Alan Hovhaness
Alan Hovhaness
may be noted Prayer of St. Gregory for trumpet and strings, though it is not a concerto in the usual sense of the term. Today the concerto tradition has been continued by composers such as Maxwell Davies, whose series of Strathclyde Concertos exploit some of the instruments less familiar as soloists. Concertos for orchestra or concert band[edit] Main article: Concerto
Concerto
for Orchestra In the 20th and 21st centuries, several composers wrote concertos for orchestra or concert band. In these works, different sections and/or instruments of the orchestra or concert band are treated at one point or another as soloists with emphasis on solo sections and/or instruments changing during the piece. Some examples include those written by: Orchestra:

Bartók
Bartók
Concerto
Concerto
for Orchestra
Orchestra
– 1945 Carter – 1969 Hindemith
Hindemith
– Op. 38, 1925 Knussen
Knussen
– 1969 Kodály
Kodály
– 1940 Lindberg – 2003 Lutoslawski
Lutoslawski
Concerto
Concerto
for Orchestra
Orchestra
– 1954 Shchedrin – No. 1 Naughty Limericks (1963), No. 2 The Chimes (1968), No. 3 Old Russian Circus Music (1989), No. 4 Round Dances (Khorovody) (1989), No. 5 Four Russian Songs (1998)

Dutilleux
Dutilleux
has also described his Métaboles as a concerto for orchestra. Concert band:

Bryant – 2007–2010 Foss – 2002 Husa – 1982 Jacob – 1974 Jager – 1982

Concertos for two or more instruments[edit] Many composers also wrote concertos for two or more soloists. In the Baroque
Baroque
era:

Vivaldi's concertos for 2, 3 or 4 violins, for 2 cellos, for 2 mandolins, for 2 trumpets, for 2 flutes, for oboe and bassoon, for cello and bassoon... etc.. Some of Vivaldi's concertos were written for a very large number of soloists, including the extraordinary RV555, which features 3 violins, an oboe, 2 recorders, 2 viole all'inglese, a chalumeau, 2 cellos, 2 harpsichords and 2 trumpets. Bach's concertos for 2 violins, for 2, 3, or 4 harpsichords as well as several of his Brandenburg concertos.

In the Classical era:

Haydn's concerto for violin and keyboard (usually referred to as the Keyboard Concerto
Concerto
No. 6) and Sinfonia concertante for violin, cello, oboe and bassoon. Mozart's concertos for two pianos and three pianos, the Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola, and his concerto for flute and harp. Salieri's Triple Concerto
Concerto
for oboe, violin and cello, and his double concerto for flute and oboe.

In the Romantic era:

Beethoven's triple concerto for piano, violin, and cello. Brahms's double concerto for violin and cello. Bruch's double concerto for viola and clarinet and one for 2 pianos.

In the 20th century:

Malcolm Arnold's concerto for piano duet and strings, as well as his concerto for two violins and string orchestra Béla Bartók's concerto for two pianos and percussion Samuel Barber's Capricorn Concerto for flute, oboe and trumpet. Benjamin Britten's double concerto for violin and viola. Elliott Carter's Double Concerto
Concerto
for Harpsichord
Harpsichord
and Piano
Piano
with Two Chamber Orchestras. Peter Maxwell Davies's Strathclyde Concerto
Concerto
No. 3 for horn, trumpet and orchestra, No. 4 for violin, viola and string orchestra and No. 9 for piccolo, alto flute, cor anglais, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabassoon and string orchestra. Frederick Delius's double concerto for violin and cello. Nicolas Flagello's Concerto
Concerto
Sinfonico for saxophone quartet and orchestra. Jean Françaix's concerto for two pianos and another for two harps, as well as his Divertissement for string trio and orchestra, his Quadruple Concerto
Concerto
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and orchestra, his Double Concerto
Concerto
for flute and clarinet, and his Concerto
Concerto
for 15 Soloists and Orchestra Philip Glass's concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra. Cristóbal Halffter's Concierto a cuatro for saxophone quartet and orchestra. Hans Werner Henze's double concerto for oboe and harp. Paul Hindemith's concerto for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, harp, and orchestra as well as his concerto for trumpet, bassoon, and strings. Gustav Holst's Fugal Concerto
Concerto
for flute, oboe and string orchestra. Alan Hovhaness's Concerto
Concerto
for violin, sitar, and orchestra Tristan Keuris's concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra. György Kurtág's double concerto for piano and cello. Lowell Liebermann's concerto for flute and harp György Ligeti's double concerto for flute and oboe. Jon Lord's Concerto
Concerto
for Group and Orchestra
Orchestra
for rock band. Witold Lutosławski's concerto for oboe and harp. Miklós Maros's Concerto
Concerto
Grosso for saxophone quartet and orchestra. Frank Martin's Petite Symphonie Concertante and Concerto
Concerto
for seven wind instruments, timpani, percussion, and string orchestra. Bohuslav Martinu's concerto for string quartet, concertino for piano trio and string orchestra, two concertante duos for two violins, concerto for two pianos, sinfonia concertante No. 2 for violin, cello, oboe, bassoon and orchestra with piano, and his concerto for violin and piano. Olivier Messiaen's Concert à quatre for piano, cello, oboe and flute. Darius Milhaud's Symphonie concertante for bassoon, horn, trumpet and double bass, as well as his concertos for flute and violin, and for marimba and vibraphone. Michael Nyman's concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra. Francis Poulenc's concerto for two pianos. Ottorino Respighi's Concerto
Concerto
a cinque for piano, oboe, violin, trumpet, double bass and string orchestra Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto madrigal for 2 guitars and Concierto Andaluz for 4 guitars. William Russo's concerto for blues band. Alfred Schnittke's double concerto for oboe, harp, and strings as well as his Konzert zu Dritt, for violin, viola, violoncello and strings. Rodion Shchedrin's double concerto for piano and cello. Michael Tippett's triple concerto for violin, viola, and cello. Charles Wuorinen's concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra.

In the 21st century:

William Bolcom's Concerto
Concerto
Grosso for saxophone quartet and orchestra. Leo Brouwer's Guitar
Guitar
Concerto
Concerto
No. 10 " Book
Book
of Signs", for two guitars. Mohammed Fairouz's Double Concerto
Concerto
'States of Fantasy' for violin and cello. Philip Glass's Concerto
Concerto
Fantasy for two Timpanists and Orchestra
Orchestra
and Double Concerto
Concerto
for violin and cello. William P. Perry's Gemini Concerto
Concerto
for violin and piano. Karl Jenkins' Over the Stone for two harps Terry Manning's The Darkness Within Light Concerto
Concerto
for flute and piano

See also[edit]

Chorale concerto Hymn concertato

List of concertos for English horn Mandolin
Mandolin
Concerto
Concerto
(Vivaldi)

The Carnival of the Animals List of concert works for saxophone

References[edit]

^ a b Wolf, p. 186 ^ Talbot, Michael. "The Italian concerto in the Late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries". The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto. Cambridge Companions to Music.  ^ Steinberg, p. 14 ^ Steinberg,1998, p. 14 ^ Steinberg, pp. 11-19 ^ Steinberg, pp. 17-19 ^ a b White, John D. (1976). The Analysis of Music, p.62. ISBN 0-13-033233-X. ^ David Threasher, reviewer, HAYDN Keyboard Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 11gramophpne.co.uk ^ http://www.allmusic.com/composition/piano-concerto-mc0002398389 ^ http://www.allmusic.com/composition/piano-concerto-mc0002357500 ^ https://spectropol.com/2018/03/03/ehsan-saboohis-theatrical-production-of-yushs-legend-is-available-for-streaming/

 Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Concerto". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Sources[edit]

Hill, Ralph, Ed., 1952, The Concerto, Penguin Books. Randel, Don Michael, Ed., 1986, The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA and London. Steinberg, Michael, 1998, The Concerto: A Listener's Guide, Oxford University Press. Tovey, Donald Francs, 1936, Essays in Musical Analysis, Volume III, Concertos, Oxford University Press. Wolf, Eugene K., Concerto, in Randel, Ed., 1986, pp. 186–191. www.oxfordmusiconline.com www.library.unt.edu

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