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Encyclopedia > Piano Concerto No. 1 (Chopin)

The Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor (Op. 11) is a piece by Frédéric Chopin, composed in 1830. It consists of three movements: Frédéric-François Chopin ( March 1, 1810 – October 17, 1849) is widely seen as the greatest of Polish composers and among the very greatest of composers for the piano, the instrument for which he wrote almost exclusively. ... 1830 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... In music, a movement is a large division of a larger composition or musical form. ...

  1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Romance - Larghetto
  3. Rondo - Vivace

There are two schools of thought concerning the piece. The first of these says that given that Chopin was a composer for the piano first and foremost, with only a small amount of his music not containing a piano part at all, the orchestral part of this piece acts more as a vehicle for the pianist, which the individual instrumental parts being uninteresting to perform. The second suggests that the orchestral backing is carefully and deliberately written to fit in with the sound of the piano, and that the simplicity of arrangement is in deliberate contrast to the complexity of the harmony.



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