Wednesday, September 01, 2004

String Cheese...opps I mean String Trio

A string trio is usually made up of a violin, a viola, and cello, or two violins and cello. Originated in Baroque period, and evolved throughout. Important composers include Haydn, Stamitz, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. In the mid-18th-century a string trio of two violins and bass came about. This was called an orchestral trio. By the 19th century interest was lost in the string trio, but restored in the 20th by composers such as Hindemith, Webern, Rossel, Schoenberg, and Milhaud.
Famous trios include the Leopold trio and the Exotia trio.
Information was complied for this blog from The New Harvard Dictionary of Music editor Don Randal, 4th ed., "Trio." Eugene K. Wolf.