Greatest Trios, Quartets, Quintets, etc

selected by Piero Scaruffi
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  1. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Trio 7 in B-flat Major Op.97 "Archduke"
  2. Gyorgy Ligeti: Trio for Violin, Horn & Piano
  3. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2 in E minor
  4. Alfred Schnittke: String Trio
  5. Arnold Schoenberg: String Trio
  6. Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio Op.87
  7. Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Trio Op.50 in A minor for violin, cello and piano
  8. George Rochberg: Trio
  9. Wolfgang Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio in E flat major
  10. Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio Op.101
  11. Arcangelo Corelli: Trio Sonatas
  12. Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
  13. Johannes Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
  14. Wolfgang Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola & Piano in E flat major "Kegelstatt"
  15. Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8
  16. Johannes Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40
  17. Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor "Dumky"
  18. Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
  19. Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Trio in G major, Op. 73 No. 2 "Gypsy"
  20. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 4 in D major "Ghost"
  21. Francis Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
  22. Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major
  23. Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
  24. Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor
  25. Gabriel Faure: Piano Trio in D minor
  26. Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
  27. Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major


  1. Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor Op.132
  2. Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C# minor Op.131
  3. Bela Bartok: Quartet 4
  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
  5. Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor D810 "Death and the Maiden"
  6. Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat Op.130 and Grosse Fugue
  7. Dmitrij Shostakovic: Quartet 11
  8. Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps
  9. Morton Feldman: String Quartet No.2
  10. Leos Janacek: String Quartet No.2 "Intimate Letters"
  11. Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major
  12. Bela Bartok: Quartet 6
  13. Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet No.12 in E flat major, Op. 127
  14. Dmitrij Shostakovic: Quartet 12 (1968)
  15. Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76/3
  16. Franz Haydn: Seven Last Words of Christ (1785)
  17. Bela Bartok: Quartet 5
  18. Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887
  19. Dmitrij Shostakovic: Quartet 10 (1964)
  20. Per Norgard: Quartet 8 (1997)
  21. Arnold Schoenberg: Quartet 3 Op. 30
  22. Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76/4
  23. Elliott Carter: Quartet 4
  24. Gyorgy Ligeti: Quartet 2
  25. Wolfgang Mozart: String Quartet No. 20 K 499 in D
  26. Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No.12 in F "American"
  27. Anton Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet
  28. Luigi Nono: String Quartet "Fragmente Stille an Diotima"
  29. Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F Major Op.135
  30. Dmitrij Shostakovic: Quartet 13
  31. Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76/5
  32. Bela Bartok: Quartet 3
  33. Wolfgang Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major "Dissonance"
  34. Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G major
  35. Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
  36. Paul Hindemith: Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
  37. Felix Mendelssohn: Quartet No.6 in F minor Op.80
  38. Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76/2
  39. Henry Cowell: Quartet No.3 "Mosaic"
  40. Alban Berg: String Quartet
  41. Osvaldo Golijov: String Quartet Tenebrae
  42. Sofia Gubaidulina: String Quartet No.4
  43. Krysztof Penderecki: Clarinet Quartet
  44. Alfred Schnittke: String Quartet #4
  45. Giacinto Scelsi: String Quartet No. 4
  46. Henry Cowell: Quartet 2 - Euphometric
  47. Philip Glass: String Quartet 3
  48. Wolfgang Mozart: String Quartets Nos. 17 "The Hunt"
  49. Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D major "Nocturne"
  50. George Crumb: Black Angels for Electric String Quartet
  51. Roberto Gerhard: Quartet 2
  52. Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor "Rosamunde"
  53. Alban Berg: Lyric Suite for String Quartet
  54. Elliott Carter: Quartet 3
  55. Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor "From My Life"
  56. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11
  57. Henry Cowell: Quartet 1 - Romantic
  58. Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 14 in A flat major
  59. Franz Schubert: Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C minor "Quartettsatz"
  60. Ruth Crawford: String Quartet
  61. Jonathan Harvey: String Quartet No. 4 with Live Electronics
  62. Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 "Werther"
  63. Arnold Schoenberg: Quartet 2 Op. 10
And these:


  1. Franz Schubert: Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, D956 Op. 163
  2. Shostakovich: Quintet in G minor for Piano & String Quartet, Opus 57
  3. Franz Schubert, "Trout" Quintet in A for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass, D.667
  4. Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor Op.34a
  5. Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81
  6. Wolfgang Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major
  7. Paul Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik for Wind Quintet
  8. Robert Schumann: Quintet in E-flat for Piano & String Quartet, Opus 44
  9. Johannes Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115
  10. Wolfgang Mozart: String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K 516
  11. Cesar Franck: Quintet in F minor for Piano & String Quartet
  12. Gabriel Faure: Quintet 2 in C Minor Op.115
  13. Johannes Brahms: String Quintet in G major Op.111
  14. Alfred Schnittke: Piano Quintet (1976)
  15. Oswaldo Golijov: "Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" (1994) for string quartet and klezmer clarinet
  16. Kalevi Aho: Oboe Quintet
  17. David Maslanka: Quintet 2
  18. Kalevi Aho: Bassoon Quintet
  19. Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No.1 in F major, Op. 88 "Spring"
  20. Carl Nielsen: Woodwind Quintet
  21. Wolfgang Mozart: String Quintet No.3 in C major, K 515
  22. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet in E major, Op. 13 No. 5
  23. Anton Bruckner: Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello in F major
  24. Wolfgang Mozart: String Quintet No.5 in D major, K 593
  25. Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B flat major
  26. Wolfgang Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major
  27. Erich Korngold: Piano quintet
  28. Lou Harrison: Suite for Percussion for five percussionists (1942)

Sextets, Septets, Octets

  1. Felix Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in E flat major
  2. Arnold Schoenberg: "Verklarte Nacht" for String Sextet, Op. 4
  3. Karlheinz Stockhausen: "Kontra-Punkte" for ten instruments
  4. Steve Reich: "Music for 18 musicians" (1976)
  5. Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet
  6. Igor Stravinsky: Octet for Wind Instruments
  7. Ludwig van Beethoven: Septet in E flat major
  8. Michael Gordon: "Rushes" for seven bassoons
  9. Leos Janacek: Sextet for Wind Quintet & Bass Clarinet "Mladi"
  10. Steve Reich: "Octet" (1979)
  11. Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds
  12. Franz Schubert: Octet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Strings in F major
  13. Camille Saint-Saens: Septet in E flat major
  14. Lucia Dlugoszewski: Tender Theatre Flight Nageire for brass sextet and non-pitched percussion
  15. Krysztof Penderecki: Sextet
  16. Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18
  17. Michael Gordon: Percussion Sextet "Timber" for six amplified 2x4s
  18. Iannis Xenakis: "Pleiades" for six percussionists (1979)
  19. Bohuslav Martinu: Fantasia for Theremin, Oboe, String Quartet and Piano, H. 301
  20. Steve Reich: Double Sextet (2009)
  21. George Enescu: Octet for Strings in C major (1900)

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