Below, we have featured three of the most performed composers in the UTK Concerto Competition over the years. The first and most performed composer is Sergei Rachmaninoff, which is really sweet because Rachmaninoff's last performance before he died was here at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. There is a tie for second and third place between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Sergei Prokofiev.
For each composer, we will feature a few pieces, a biographical book, CDs from our collection, and some online database/resources.
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville School of Music hosts a competition every year during the spring semester where students - graduate, undergraduate, and artist certificate - compete to play a movement from a concerto they have been working on in private lessons with the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra (UTSO) on the March concert. This is a grand experience for those that win the competition because they get to be accompanied by the original orchestration of the piece instead of a piano accompaniment and they get to perform in such a beautiful hall like James R. Cox Auditorium. During the rehearsal process, the soloist gets to come in and work with the orchestra and have their private instructor provide feedback along the way. There are four winning categories for the competition:
In the past, there have been five winners sometimes, but it is most common for the judges to select a single winner from the four categories above.
For more information, click: https://music.utk.edu/ugrad/concerto.php
Throughout this LibGuide, you will find information on what concertos are, a gallery of composers that have won, the top three composers that have been performed the most, and fun statistics on wins per instrument/voice type. We will be featuring scores and books in our collection and our online databases!
"An instrumental work that maintains contrast between an orchestral ensemble and a smaller group or a solo instrument, or among various groups of an undivided orchestra. Before 1700 the term was applied to pieces in a variety of forms for an even greater variety of performing media, voices as well as instruments; it was also used in the sense of ‘ensemble’ or ‘orchestra’. Not until the beginning of the 18th century was it applied consistently (though not exclusively) to works in three movements (fast–slow–fast) for soloist and orchestra, two or more soloists and orchestra (concerto grosso) or undivided orchestra.
In the late 18th century and during most of the 19th and the solo concerto was a prominent form of virtuoso display, while, in the same period, the concerto grosso fell out of public favour; some of its aspects were subsumed by the short-lived form of the Symphonie concertante. During its long history, the concerto has built on forms and procedures adopted by Corelli, Torelli, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach and later composers, particularly Mozart, to develop into a form that ranks with the symphony and the string quartet in the range of its artistic expression."
For more information on concertos, click the link below:
Hutchings, Arthur, Michael Talbot, Cliff Eisen, Leon Botstein, and Paul Griffiths. "Concerto." Grove Music Online. 2001. Oxford University Press. Date of access 16 Feb. 2021