What defines a "trio" style. As in, if I were composing a piece on the piano how do I compose it in a "trio" style

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    Welcome to Music.SE! I assume you mean "trio" as in a "trio sonata"?
    – Richard
    Commented Aug 1, 2022 at 16:38
  • @Richard another possibility would be a contrasting, more lightly orchestrated middle section of a larger movement.
    – phoog
    Commented Aug 1, 2022 at 16:54
  • @phoog Very true! I was debating with myself if that was more Classical than Baroque.
    – Richard
    Commented Aug 1, 2022 at 17:32
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    Welcome! I'm afraid you'll need to explain a little more. "Trio" can have a few meanings, and they don't directly define styles: 1) a piece for three players; 2) a baroque "trio sonata," which says more about how the parts are put together, in a "melody/bass/chords" texture; or 3) a "trio" section of a "minuet-and-trio," which at first used fewer players but eventually applied the word to a formal section regardless of how many people play. Commented Aug 1, 2022 at 17:41
  • @AndyBonner what does "trio sonata" say about a baroque piece beyond that it is for two solo instruments plus b.c.?
    – phoog
    Commented Aug 1, 2022 at 17:48


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