Music for Violin, Clarinet and Piano trio!

October 7, 2005 at 04:16 PM · Music for Violin, Clarinet and Piano trio!

I'm looking for trio music for the above instruments. Any ideas?



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October 7, 2005 at 04:22 PM · Khachaturian! He wrote a gorgeaus trio for that combination.

Milhaud has also written a very cute trio.

October 7, 2005 at 05:04 PM · The Milhaud is a great little piece that puts a smile on everyone's face.

October 7, 2005 at 05:45 PM · Arutiunian: suite

Bartok: Contrasts

Milhaud: suite


I played in this kind of trio for a while and after playing these pieces, we had problems finding something else. Our solution: our pianist, who is also composer, wrote a piece. If you are interested, ask me his e-mail. ;-)

It's not very easy, but quiet highstanding, I think.

October 7, 2005 at 05:55 PM · There's a trio by Tristan Keuris that's pretty cool.

Also Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Tale" was transcribed for those instruments.

October 7, 2005 at 08:01 PM · Bruch wrote four pieces for clarinet, VIOLA, and piano, but I'm sure you can find an edition where the viola part has been transcribed for violin.

October 7, 2005 at 07:58 PM · The only thing I know of which hasn't been mentioned yet is the Largo by Charles Ives.

October 7, 2005 at 09:04 PM · I've heard the Bruch and wasn't that struck on them.

October 7, 2005 at 11:56 PM · As a member of a clarinet trio, my chamber music life centers around this instrument combination, and I must say that repertoire is not as difficult to come by as one might think. With the exception of the Berg Adagio, the staples more or less have already been covered in this thread. And we have to remember that many current composers have written in this genre. Some of the more notable ones include Bolcom, Diamond, Erb, Harbision, Hovhaness, Menotti, Rorem, and Tower. But if 20th Century isn't your thing, perhaps you can pirate the voice-clarinet-piano literature. (Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock and songs by Mendelssohn and Spohr are what immediately come to mind).

If that still doesn't suit you, you can always contact us, or other groups like the Verdehr Trio or Antares for more ideas.

October 8, 2005 at 01:28 AM · Darius Milhaud trio is excellent!

October 8, 2005 at 01:27 AM · There is a nice Romance written by Buelorussian composer, Turenkoff for violin, clarinet and piano. Peter, if I'll find it, I'll mail you. You will really enjoy playing it.

October 8, 2005 at 01:55 AM · Uvazhayemaya Rita,

The spelling for "Buelorussian" is more like:




October 8, 2005 at 01:59 AM · I like the Milhaud, too.

October 8, 2005 at 02:08 AM · 38 Works that are (were?) in print for this combination:

Amy, Gilbert ( 1936 - )

Title: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Publisher: Éditions Amphion

Arutiunian, Alexander (1920- )

Title: Suite (1992)

Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Publisher: Sikorski

Banks, Ridgway

Title: "Three Chanteys”

violin, clarinet and piano

Publisher: PRB Productions

Bartok, Bela (1881-1945)

Title: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano.

Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes

M-060-01146-7 parts $ 36.50

M-060-01145-0 miniature score (original) $24.95

Title: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (revised Peter Bartok, 2002).

Publisher Boosey and Hawkes

M-060-11501-1 miniature score $14.50

Berg, Alban (1885-1935)

Title: Adagio

Violin, Clarinet, Piano

Publisher: Universal

UE12242 complete set $38.95

Biggs, John ( 1932 - )

Title: A Renaissance Bouquet

clarinet, violin, piano

Publisher: Consort Press

Biggs, John ( 1932 - )

Title: Medieval Dance Suite

clarinet, violin, piano

Publisher: Consort Press

BOLCOM, William (b.1938)

Title: Afternoon Cakewalk

Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: E.B. Marks

49401749 complete set $ 56.25

Borgulya, Andras ( 1931 - )

Title: Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Editio Musica Budapest

Brons, Carel ( 1931 - 1983 )

Title: Concertino for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Donemus

David, Thomas Christian ( 1925 - )

Title: Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Doblinger

Diamond, David Leo ( 1915 - 2005 )

Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (22’)

Publisher: PeerMusic Classical

61508-784 $20.00

Verdehr Trio, Crystal Records,CD746

ERB, Donald (b. 1927)

Title: Sunlit Peaks and Dark Valleys

Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Presser

14440310 score & 2 parts $30.00

Gal, Hans ( 1890 - 1987 )

Title: Trio for Violin,Clarinet and Piano,Op. 97

Publisher: Richard Schauer

Giltay, Berend ( 1910 - 1975 )

Title: Vier Miniaturen,


Publisher: Donemus

Gorb, Adam

Title: "Tango”

Violin, Clarinet, And Piano

Publisher: Alfred Lengnick

Harbison, John ( 1938 - )

Title: Variations

Clarinet in A, Violin And Piano

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

50507640 score & parts $ 24.95

Hovhaness, Alan ( Vaness Scott ) ( 1911 - 2000 )

Title: Lake Samish for clarinet, violin & piano. 1989. op. 415

Publisher: Contact Fujihara Music Co. Inc.

Hunfeld, Xander ( 1949 - )

Title: Memoria For Clarinet, Violin And Piano

Publisher: Donemus

IVES, Charles Edward (1874-1954)

Title: Largo for Trio

Publisher: PeerMusic Classical

PEE60668784 complete set $8.00

Keuris, Tristan ( 1946 - 1996 )

Title: Muziek, For Clarinet, Violin And Piano

Publisher: Donemus

55400276 complete set $22.00

Khachaturian, Aram Ilyich ( 1903 - 1978 )

Title: Trio in B flat

Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Instrumentation: clar or vla, vln, pno

Publisher: C. F. Peters

Krenek, Ernst ( 1900 - 1991 )

Title: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock

Lewis, Robert Hall ( 1926 - 1996 )

Title: Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Musikverlag Doblinger

Martino, Donald James ( 1931 - )

Title: Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Dantalian

Mason, Daniel Gregory ( 1873 - 1953 )

Title: Pastorale for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Editions Salabert

Menotti, Gian Carlo ( 1911- )

Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Schirmer


Composed for and recorded by the Verdehr Trio

Milhaud, Darius ( 1892 - 1974 )

Title: Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Publisher: Editions Salabert


Title: Music For Clarinet, Violin And Piano

Publisher: Southern Music Company

SU8 $ 24.95

Penn, William Albert ( 1943 - )

Title: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Publisher: Seesaw Music Corp.

ROREM, Ned (b.1923)

Title: End of Summer

Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

M-051-10465-9 set $14.95

Naxos CD 8.559128

Schoenfield, Paul (1927 - )

Title: Trio (20’)

for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano

Publisher: Migdal Publishing

STRAVINSKY, Igor (1882-1971)

Title: Soldier's Tale Suite

L’historie du Soldat

5 movements, arranged 1919 for

Violin, Clarinet, Piano

Publisher: Chester Music

CH000222 score & parts $ 31.95

TOWER, Joan (b.1938)

Title: Big Sky

Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Schirmer

Tull, Fisher Aubrey ( 1934 - 1994 )

Title: "Trio Sonata"

Violin, Clarinet (or cello), piano

Publisher: Southern Music Company

SU316 $15.00

Vanhal (Wanhal), Johann Baptist ( Jan Krtitel ) ( 1739 - 1813 )

Title: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, Op. 20, No. 5, in E flat

Arranger: Weston; Bergmann

Instrumentation: clar, vln, pno, (opt bsn / vcl )

Publisher: Schott Musik

Walker, Daniel

Luna Trio

Vln., Cl. and Piano

Publisher: Southern Music Company

SU372 15.00

Zallman, Arlene ( Proctor ) ( 1934 - )

Title: Variations for Violin, Clarinet and Piano

Publisher: Association for Promotion of New Music


October 8, 2005 at 03:38 AM · add a cello and you got the quartet for the end of time.

October 8, 2005 at 03:51 AM · Dorogoi Gennady,

I'm not sure you spelled correctly the word "Uvazhayemaya" too:)

About "Byelorussian" you are right (I was just in a hurry that time when I posted.) Anyway, thank you. Next time I will check my spelling more careful before posting (just in case you might improve me again.)

But I bet that you've never played this trio. LOL

October 8, 2005 at 10:33 AM · Do any of these pieces (or any others) have a clarinet part that is not too difficult - say ABRSM grade 5 or 6?

October 8, 2005 at 09:08 PM · Dorogaia Rita,

Does he have an interesting string quartet?

Aside from being a member of Seattle Symphony, I am also the 1st violinist of Odeon String Quartet

here is a cool website

We do alot of cool new music that has been written for us, but also I like to include some traditional rep. as well.

I have received a wonderful string quartet by Iosif Andriasov from his widow. I hope we can play it soon, it is very much in the genre of Khachaturian.

October 9, 2005 at 03:28 AM · Mnogouvazhaemiy, dorogoi Gennady,

I like your site! It is cool, indeed.

Don't know about quartet you ask. Did you play Tzintzadse's Quartet? It is actually three georgian (grusinski) dances written for string quartet. Easy to learn in a short term and enjoyable for listeners. Good for "showing off".

BTW what is Khachaturian's genre??? Cool humor!LOL

October 15, 2005 at 12:12 AM · May I respectfully suggest my two violin-clarinet-piano trios? One has been performed and recorded, always with good response. The other will soon be premiered.

Rick Sowash, composer

November 1, 2005 at 12:12 PM · Anyone who is interested can hear, right now, a fine recording of the final movement of my violin-clarinet-piano trio "Sunny Days" by going to:

The entire piece is recorded on the CD entitled "Eroica"

and the sheet music is available.

More information at:

November 11, 2010 at 09:33 AM ·

 Thanks for posting the URL to the recording of your work, Rick. I was pleased to see that it still works after five years! It's nice to discover new repertoire on

November 11, 2010 at 01:35 PM ·

Contrast by Bartok

Trio by Khachaturian

Suite by Milhaud

Soldier's Tale Suite by Stravinsky

November 11, 2010 at 10:49 PM ·

If you're willing to stretch to the viola, you have Mozart's Kegelstatt trio and some things by Bruch.

November 11, 2010 at 11:09 PM ·

 Also Schumann's opus 132 - Märchenerzählungen, for clarinet, viola and piano.

I have a new work too, for this combination, and started a thread on it here. It's now been recorded so possible to listen to it all on my webpage.

January 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM · I've discovered a Violin, Clarinet & Piano Trio that hasn't been mentioned yet (not even by Clint N.). It's by Karol Rathaus (1895-1958) and was composed in 1944 (op.53). I heard it on the weekend at a Cantus Formus concert in Paris that was apparently it's European premiere. I understand the players were reading from photocopies of a handwritten score.

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