Re: Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor 23:15 on Tuesday, August 17, 2004
for one thing, are you learning all three movements? Next, Which do you like more? If you are looking at buying editions of this music, I reccomend the Schirmer edited by Grainger for the Grieg concerto. For the Schuman Concerto get the Peters Edition edited by Emil Von Sauer.
For the first movement the schumann concerto is a little technically harder than the Grieg. It also contains passages which involve coordination of the entire body. First movement of the Schumann is also longer in time and pages lasting 15-16 minutes, where the grieg only lasts 12-13 minutes. Also the Grieg first movement tends to be more popular, and more played than the Schumann.
The second movement of the Grieg is harder than the second movement of the Schumann, and it is more popular.
The third movement of the Grieg and Schumann are of the same level of technical difficulty. The Grieg is longer, but has a slow section dividing the two fast ones. The Schumann is constant motion with no tempo changes. This is also true with the first movements. The grieg has more orchestral breaks than the schumann concerto.
In practical performance, these breaks are useful to get used to being up on stage.