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.
TitleComposerInstrumentPeriodRatings
London Trios, Hob. IV:1-3 Franz Joseph Haydn Chamber group Classical
Piano Trio in E flat major, D. 929 Franz Schubert Chamber group Romantic
3 String Trios, Op. 9 Ludwig van Beethoven String Trio Classical
Horn Trio in Eb, Op. 40 Johannes Brahms Chamber group Romantic
Clarinet Trio in Am, Op. 114 Johannes Brahms Chamber group Romantic
Piano Trio in C, K. 548 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Chamber group Classical
Piano Trio no. 1 in B flat major, D. 898 Franz Schubert Chamber group Romantic
Piano Trio in G major, K.496 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Classical
Piano Trio in Bb 'Archduke', Op. 97 Ludwig van Beethoven Chamber group Romantic
Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 Felix Mendelssohn Chamber group Romantic
Piano Trio in B-flat major, K.502 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Chamber group Classical
Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon, WoO 37 Ludwig van Beethoven Chamber group Classical
Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 no. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven Chamber group Romantic
Allegretto for Piano Trio, WoO 39 Ludwig van Beethoven Chamber group Classical
Piano Trio no. 1, Op. 8 Johannes Brahms Chamber group Romantic
Trio III in G Major for Flute, Violin, Cello and Harpsichord Georg Philipp Telemann Chamber group Baroque
Piano Trio no. 1, Op. 32 Anton Arensky Chamber group Romantic
Piano Trio in E, K. 542 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Chamber group Classical
Piano Trio in G major, K. 564 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Classical
Terzetto, Op. 74 Antonín Dvořák Chamber group Romantic