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The concerto is usually a major work written for a single solo instrument backed by a full orchestra. The word derives from Latin 'concertare' = to work together. In early concertos, the performers definitely worked together all the time. In later works, the soloist emerges as a virtuoso, with substantial solo passages.  

There are usually 3 movements, the first is in sonata form, like the first movement of a symphony, except that near the end, the soloist plays a cadenza, which is a sparkling display of virtuosity. The second movement is slow, also as in the symphony. There is no minuet and trio, which is the usual form for the 3rd movement of a symphony. Instead, the 3rd and last movement is fast, often in rondo form.

Mozart wrote many piano concertos, one of the most well-loved is no 21 in C. The slow movement of this has a wonderful melody, which was used as background music for the film 'Elvira Madigan'. The film is more or less forgotten today, but this modern sub-title has stuck to Mozart's 21st piano concerto. Another  unforgettable piano concerto is Grieg's in A minor, with its very dramatic opening passage on the piano. Beethoven's 5th piano Concerto, nicknamed the 'Emperor', is magnificent, as also is Tchaikovsky's in Bb minor.

World famous violin concertos include Beethoven's in D, Mendelssohn's in E minor, Bruch's in G minor, and the  Brahms and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, both in D. Mozart's horn, flute/harp, and clarinet concertos are superb, as also are Haydn's trumpet concerto and Rodrigo's guitar concerto.

Tunes belonging to the Concerto category. Audio is available for 245 tunes for this category.
No.Name of WorkComposerEnsemblePeriod
1 Bassoon Concerto K191MozartOrchestraClassical
2 Brandenburg Concerto No.1BachOrchestraBaroque
3 Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in FBachOrchestraBaroque
4 Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BMV 1048BachOrchestraBaroque
5 Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in DBachOrchestraBaroque
6 Cello Concerto in A minorSchumannOrchestraRomantic
7 Cello Concerto in B minor Op 104DvořákOrchestraRomantic
8 Cello Concerto in BbBoccheriniOrchestraClassical
9 Cello Concerto in DBoccheriniOrchestraClassical
10 Cello Concerto in E minor Op 85ElgarOrchestraRomantic
11 Cello Concerto no 1 in C major Hob VIIb:1HaydnOrchestraClassical
12 Cello Concerto no 2 in D major Op 101HaydnOrchestraClassical
13 Clarinet Concerto in A K622MozartOrchestraClassical
14 Concerto for Oboe and StringsCorelliOrchestraBaroque
15 Concerto Grosso in G minor Op 6 No.8CorelliOrchestraBaroque
16 Concerto in A minor for violin and cello Op 102BrahmsOrchestraRomantic
17 Concierto de Aranjuez - slow movementRodrigoOrchestraModern (Serious)
18 Double Concerto for two violins and orchestra BWV 1043BachTrioBaroque
19 Flute and Harp Concerto K299MozartOrchestraClassical
20 Flute Concerto in D K 314 (also Oboe Concerto in C)MozartOrchestraClassical
21 Flute Concerto in G K313MozartOrchestraClassical
22 Harold in Italy Op 18BerliozOrchestraRomantic
23 Horn Concerto No.1 in D K412MozartOrchestraClassical
24 Horn Concerto No.2 in Eb major K417MozartOrchestraClassical
25 Horn Concerto No.3 in Eb K447MozartOrchestraClassical
26 Horn Concerto No.4 in Eb major K495MozartOrchestraClassical
27 Oboe Concerto in C K314MozartOrchestraClassical
28 Organ Concerto No.4HandelOrchestraBaroque
29 Organ Concerto No.6 in Bb Op 4 No.6HandelOrchestraBaroque
30 Piano Concerto in A minor Op 16.GriegOrchestraRomantic
31 Piano Concerto in A Minor Op 54SchumannOrchestraRomantic
32 Piano Concerto No.1 in Bb minorTchaikovskyOrchestraRomantic
33 Piano Concerto No.1 in C, Op 15BeethovenOrchestraClassical
34 Piano Concerto No.1 in DSaint-SaensOrchestraRomantic
35 Piano Concerto No.1 in E minorChopinOrchestraRomantic
36 Piano Concerto No.1 in EbLisztOrchestraRomantic
37 Piano Concerto No.1 in F K37MozartOrchestraClassical
38 Piano Concerto No.1 in F# Minor Op 1RachmaninovOrchestraRomantic
39 Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op 25MendelssohnOrchestraRomantic
40 Piano Concerto No.11 in D majorHaydnOrchestraClassical
41 Piano Concerto No.12 in A K414MozartOrchestraClassical
42 Piano Concerto No.14 in Eb K449MozartOrchestraClassical
43 Piano Concerto No.15 in Bb K450MozartOrchestraClassical
44 Piano Concerto No.2 in B K39MozartOrchestraClassical
45 Piano Concerto No.2 in BbBrahmsOrchestraRomantic
46 Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb, Op 19BeethovenOrchestraClassical
47 Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op 18RachmaninovOrchestraRomantic
48 Piano Concerto No.2 in D BWV 1054BachOrchestraBaroque
49 Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op 40MendelssohnOrchestraRomantic
50 Piano Concerto No.2 in F Minor, Op 21ChopinOrchestraRomantic
51 Piano Concerto No.2 in G Minor Op 22Saint-SaensOrchestraRomantic
52 Piano Concerto No.20 in D Minor K466MozartOrchestraClassical
53 Piano Concerto No.21 in C K467MozartOrchestraClassical
54 Piano Concerto No.22 in Eb K482MozartOrchestraClassical
55 Piano Concerto No.23 in A K488MozartOrchestraClassical
56 Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K491MozartOrchestraClassical
57 Piano Concerto No.25 in C K503MozartOrchestraClassical
58 Piano Concerto No.26 in D K537MozartOrchestraClassical
59 Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op 37BeethovenOrchestraClassical
60 Piano Concerto No.3 in D K40MozartOrchestraClassical
61 Piano Concerto No.4 in G K 41MozartOrchestraClassical
62 Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op 58BeethovenOrchestraClassical
63 Piano Concerto No.5 in Eb Op 73 'Emperor'.BeethovenOrchestraClassical
64 Piano Concerto No.6 in Bb K238MozartOrchestraClassical
65 Piano Concerto No.8 in C K 246MozartOrchestraClassical
66 Rhapsody in BlueGershwinOrchestraPopular Modern
67 Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini.RachmaninovOrchestraRomantic
68 Romance from Clarinet Concerto No.3StamitzDuetClassical
69 Romance Op 62 for bassoon and OrchestraElgarOrchestraRomantic
70 Sinfonia Concertante for violin and violaMozartOrchestraClassical
71 Sinfonia Concertante in Eb for winds, K297bMozartOrchestraClassical
72 The Four SeasonsVivaldiOrchestraBaroque
73 Trumpet Concerto in D majorPurcellOrchestraBaroque
74 Trumpet Concerto in D majorTelemannOrchestraBaroque
75 Trumpet Concerto in EbHaydnOrchestraClassical
76 Trumpet Concerto in Eb majorHummelOrchestraClassical
77 Viola Concerto, 2nd Movt - AndantinoHillOrchestraRomantic
78 Violin Concerto in A minor BMV 1041BachOrchestraBaroque
79 Violin Concerto in B minor Op 61ElgarOrchestraRomantic
80 Violin Concerto in DBeethovenOrchestraClassical
81 Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47SibeliusOrchestraRomantic
82 Violin Concerto in D Op 35TchaikovskyOrchestraRomantic
83 Violin Concerto in D Op 77BrahmsOrchestraRomantic
84 Violin Concerto in E minorMendelssohnOrchestraRomantic
85 Violin Concerto No.1 in G minorBruchOrchestraRomantic
86 Violin Concerto No.3 in G K216MozartOrchestraClassical
87 Violin Concerto No.4 in D K218MozartOrchestraClassical
88 Violin Concerto No.5 in A "Turkish" K219MozartOrchestraClassical
89 Violin Romance No.2 in F Op 50BeethovenOrchestraClassical
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