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A classical piano concerto is often in three movements.
- A quick opening movement in sonata form including a cadenza (which may be improvised by the soloist).
- A slow, free expressive movement
- A faster rondo
Examples by Mozart and Beethoven follow this model, but there are many others which do not. Beethoven's fourth piano concerto includes a last-movement cadenza, and many composers have made innovations – for example Liszt's single-movement concerti.
- Classical and Romantic Piano Concertos, a list of Classical and Romantic piano concertos, and other music for piano and orchestra from the same period.