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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.

Edited by Tónskáld

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