Piano and Orchestra

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A 6 page research paper/essay that explores critical literature that has addressed the relationship between the piano and the orchestra that exists within the context of concerti and how this relationship has been represented in terms of the Romantic era notion of the individual against society. This notion pictures the solo pianist as a lone warrior pitted against the formidable sound of a full orchestra. The pianist is the hero that defies the conformity and domination of society as represented by the orchestra. The following examination of literature and thought on this topic, first of all, lays out the parameters of the piano/orchestra relationship as it is expressed in Romantic works; and then investigates whether or not the same can be said about impressionist concerti, or if this style of music ushered in a new relationship. Bibliography lists 6 sources.