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I have two Questions I would like to ask about Piano Concerto's

#1 What would be a good full Piano Concerto to learn as an Intermediate Pianist's 1st attempt?
Not for performance but just as a personal learning experience.


#2 When a master pianist begins to learn a Piano Concerto, what is the best piano book to use to learn from?
Let's use the Beethoven 5th Concerto (The Emperor) as a good example.
Some books I've seen look like the full Conductor's Score which would be very difficult to read/learn from.
Is Schirmer's a decent one to learn from?
When looking at a Piano Concerto Book to purchase online- how do I know if it's the full score or the solo piano part?


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Schirmer's recent edition of the Beethoven concertos in one volume is very good.

The orchestral part is almost always arranged for a second piano. Usually it will say for "two pianos" or "four hands" or something similar to distinguish it from the full orchestral score.

You generally can't buy just the piano part by itself, and pianists learn from the two piano version.

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Thanks johnstaf

yes I have the Emperor by Schirmer and wondered if it was the best edition.


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The Schirmer edition of Beethoven's concertos is reprinted from the Steingräber edition edited by Kullak. They are quite reliable even now. I would not hesitate to use it.


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Thanks BDB
I also have the Mozart 16th Concerto in Schirmer.

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