Prokofiev 2 or Glazunov for concerto competition?

September 16, 2017, 1:41 AM · Which piece is better for competition?

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September 16, 2017, 9:13 AM · Whole concerto? Or 1 movement?
September 16, 2017, 10:55 AM · What are the parameters of the competition?

Whole concerto or single movement? If single movement, is there a length limit for the movement? (The Glazunov is a single-movement work that stretches about 20 minutes. If this is the sort of competition where a first-movement Tchaikovsky, Brahms, or Beethoven, which are very nearly as long, is fine, then the whole Glazunov might be fine, but otherwise it might exceed the desired length.)

Does the prizewinner get to play with orchestra? If the audition is a single movement, is the performance the whole concerto, or just the singe movement?

If this is with orchestra, what type of orchestra? Youth symphony, community orchestra, regional freeway philharmonic, or well-established full-time symphony? Accompaniment difficulty and rehearsal time may factor in here; Glazunov is easier to accompany than Prokofiev 2. Is the cost of renting parts a factor? Prokofiev 2 is not public domain and orchestras that don't own the parts will need to rent them, which is a budget issue potentially.

Again if with orchestra, has the orchestra recently performed either work?

Short form: Orchestra-sponsored concerto competitions with a performance as a prize don't always pick the best player as the winner. Other factors may play into it as well.

September 17, 2017, 3:28 PM · How many student concerto competitions are there that require whole concertos? Is that really so common?
September 17, 2017, 9:37 PM · I would expect any major conservatory concerto competition to require the full concerto.

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