Trio music

The term 'trio' defines both a group of three instruments, or a composition for such a group. Pieces for ensembles of three instruments may be titled according to their form or genre, and sometimes be simply titled 'trios', such as 'piano trios' (pieces for violin, piano, and cello) or 'string trios' (violin, viola, and cello). Up until the 18th century, the word 'trio' was also used to refer to any composition for three unaccompanied lines, that could have been played by a single player. The term also applied to 'trio sonatas' which were sonatas for basso continuo and two melodic instruments (such as continuo +2 violins, or flute and violin). 'Trio' also defines a contrasting dance that appears in the middle of a main dance, such as a minuet or a bourée. This comes from the tradition of orchestrating this middle dances for a group of only three instruments in order to create contrast.
Popular composers Johann Sebastian Bach  ·  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ·  Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Claude Debussy  ·  Franz Joseph Haydn  ·  Christoph Graupner  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Maurice Ravel  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Béla Bartók  ·  Max Reger  ·  Georg Philipp Telemann  ·  Gustav Holst  ·  Michel Rondeau  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Muzio Clementi  ·  César Franck  ·  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ·  Carl Czerny  ·  Luigi Boccherini  ·  Louis Spohr  ·  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ·  Bedřich Smetana  ·  Reynaldo Hahn  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan  ·  Max Bruch  ·  Friedrich Kuhlau  ·  Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély  ·  Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke  ·  Anton Arensky  ·  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ·  Jean Baptiste Lully  ·  Josef Gabriel Rheinberger  ·  Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka  ·  Joachim Raff  ·  Arthur Foote  ·  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ·  Gabriel Pierné
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