e1Pianist I am a 16-year-old intermediate pianist and have worked on many different pieces of music—Moonlight Sonata 3rd mov, Tempest, Chopin Etudes, Mozart sonatas, etc. I have rach 2 mov 2 with my school orchestra. I have an opportunity to play a concerto of my choice with this orchestra before finishing school, and around a 1.5 year time frame. This is an oppurtunity I may never get later, and I want to do it big with rach 3 mov 3 ONLY. Any tips on time managment, writing my fingering, techniques needed, and maybe some other pieces that might help me?
The concerto movement is in a completely different league in terms of difficulty.
Quite apart from the technical difficulty, the music can get very complicated in spots. The Chopin etudes are mostly fairly simple in terms of note-learning, regardless of how difficult they are to actually play.
I would try to divide the music into lines and practise those. This is a mental exercise and is separate from technical training. I'd also learn the music with a metronome at a comfortable speed. Don't think of it as half-speed or anything else. The idea is to come comfortable with the sequence of notes. Set the tempo for comfort.
If you can play a short group of notes comfortably at speed, then do so, but stop before playing the next group. Eventually, you should be able to join groups up without unnecessary tension causing your hands to seize up during fast passages.
Give yourself an off-ramp. Learn an easier concerto as a backup. That way you'll know that if the Rachmaninoff doesn't work out, you can play something else. When you're under less pressure you'll achieve more with the Rachmaninoff.