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Piano Concerto (kinda)

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Hi everyone, 

It's been awhile since I've been on this forum and I can say that I've really grown as a composer! Anyways, I'm starting a piano concerto (kinda). The orchestra is too small for me to comfortably call it a "concerto" even though it is a three-movement work written for a solo instrument accompanied by an orchestra. I say the piano concerto is small in the sense of the orchestra. It's being written for standard classical orchestra (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings). But a piano concerto that I've written if scored for a late romantic period orchestra (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings). As you can see, the orchestras are a little different from each other. Should this piece be labeled as a piano concertino? Help!! 


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Did you forget to upload a score or sound clip... or am I blind?

Edit: Never mind, I re-read your post and now it makes sense. I don't think it matters what you call it. Personally, I would use the term "concertino" to indicate a piece that is shorter (i.e., has only one movement) versus a full-length concerto. If it's going to have 3 full movements then just call it a concerto. Others may weigh in and have different in opinions; that's just my point of view.

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I don't tnink that, nowadays, a classical or romantic or whatever sound be defined by the size of the orchestra. You can use that kind of orchestra and make it sound in any styles depending on how you use colors, tesituras, and etc.

In fact, if you are new in composing for orchestra (as I am) I think it's a good idea not to put many instruments.

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