Advice please on how to write a piano concerto

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Nathan Shirley said…
How to write a piano concerto. That's a fairly easy subject to sum up in a few words...

There are 99 ways to skin a cat, and more to write a piano concerto.

One method- begin with two piano parts, one for the solo piano and the other as a piano reduction of the orchestra to be exploded (orchestrated) later. Treat the orchestral piano part as a very rough guide only, as you orchestrate you can fine tune/add details.

How's that? It could almost be a twitter post!

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