So, I was listening to Grieg’s PC when I noticed something familiar. I looked up some other concertos, and I started to notice a pattern, specifically among these four concertos:

  • Rach 2
  • Rach 3
  • Grieg
  • Tchaikovsky

They all have similar third movements, specifically a “bass drop” moment before the finale. They also do a triumphant return of the second theme, which is generally in the major key as opposed to the minor home key, and is more lyrical and gentle when first presented. I guess Rach 3 has a completely different melody that’s never heard before, but it still has that bass drop and chords that Rachmaninoff loves. I’m wondering if this is just specific to the Romantic period because this formula doesn’t appear in any of Beethoven’s concertos. Thoughts?

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