Piano, violin & cello
May 9, 2017 2:07 AM   Subscribe

The Piano Trio, typically comprising piano, violin & cello, has been the most popular three-piece line-up in classical music since the late 18th century. Non-aficionados may know some of the trio repertoire from TV or film soundtracks: for example the main theme of the second movement of Franz Schubert’s piano trio no. 2, which was featured to great effect in Stanley Kubrick’s movie Barry Lyndon. For anyone with the time and the inclination, the full version of this piece, along with many others (mostly old chestnuts, but also including some less well-known compositions), can be found within.

Note: all links are to YouTube videos (or, in one case, to a Vimeo video) of recordings or live performances of instrumental music.
posted by misteraitch (10 comments total) 55 users marked this as a favorite
 
Thanks.

Looks like you've gone with one composition per composer. Was wondering why No.7 was missing:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano trio no. 7 in B-flat major, Op.97 ‘Archduke’ (1811)
posted by Gyan at 2:29 AM on May 9 [2 favorites]


Turina's Circulo is also quite something
posted by valdesm at 5:12 AM on May 9 [1 favorite]


Fantastic list!

On the more recent end, I also like the anxious energy of Charles Wuorinen's Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1983) and the spaciousness of Morton Feldman's Trio (1980).
posted by Fritz Langwedge at 5:15 AM on May 9 [3 favorites]


Wonderful, many thanks for putting this together misteraitch!
posted by carter at 5:57 AM on May 9 [1 favorite]


I don't know ... these "popular trios" and their contemporary music. They're just tempting our young people to disrespect their elders, wear unorthodox clothing and engage in inappropriate dance. I mean, have you seen this group - The Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts? They have wild, unkempt hair-styles! I don't believe this fad will remain popular in even a few years' time, but I do think this sort of youthful rebelliousness should NOT be encouraged.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 7:16 AM on May 9 [3 favorites]


Fantastic list!

Needs more, um, Liszt.
posted by The Bellman at 9:34 AM on May 9 [2 favorites]


One early forerunner should not be left unmentioned: Jean-Philippe Rameau's five Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts (1741). This is one of the earliest examples of chamber music where the keyboard instrument (harpsichord in this case) has a worked-out (often rather virtuosic, in fact) part instead of basso continuo with figures. The other instruments: violin or flute (in this version changing according to the character of the movement), and Viola da Gamba.

Then there are the Quartets for viola, flute and keyboard instrument (1788) by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, which are only 'quartets' because the two hands of the pianist (the instrument here: a replica of an 18th-c. piano) are counted as one instrument/part each. So, actually: piano trios.
posted by Namlit at 12:23 PM on May 9 [2 favorites]


I've been stuck on string quartets for a long time and this is exactly what I needed. Definitely favorited for complete exploration. Thanks!
posted by Ber at 12:52 PM on May 9


Flagged as musically fantastic! Thank you so much, misteraitch.
posted by jokeefe at 1:21 PM on May 9 [1 favorite]


Gyan - yes, the idea was to include one piece per composer (and at least one piece per decade).

I made a playlist of all the YouTube videos above. Thanks to all who have suggested possible additions to it!
posted by misteraitch at 1:40 PM on May 9 [6 favorites]


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