La sonate en trio baroque

The Baroque trio sonata

As its name somewhat misleadingly suggests, the trio sonata is a work designed for three independent parts: two 'melody' parts (often two violins) and one 'bass' part (often two instruments: harpsichord and bass viol, for example). In fact, 'trio' refers to the notated parts and not the number of players. An eminently and uniquely Baroque genre, it has given rise to a multitude of works by most of the composers of the period, as evidenced by the abundant discography in this rubric.

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