Top 20 Brass Trios
Original Works for Brass Trio
The following is a list of original brass trio literature I have compiled in the process of playing in a faculty brass trio and coordinating brass chamber music at the university level. As a university brass chamber coach, I generally try to steer students to play in a brass quintet, since that is the standard brass chamber grouping. However, sometimes a quintet is not possible logistically, and the brass trio is normally a good alternative.
There is actually a surprising amount of good recent literature for brass trio. Several well-regarded brass composers (e.g., Ewazen, Plog, Sampson, and Schnyder) have written trios within the last 10 years, adding significantly to a repertoire that only a generation ago consisted almost exclusively of the Poulenc Sonata for Brass Trio .
Difficulty for most of the pieces is at the college-to-professional level, although a few works may be within the reach of an exceptional high school trio. In contrast to my brass quintet list, I have chosen to exclude transcriptions and arrangements from this list, primarily because there are not many that are established standards in the repertoire.
The works are listed by composer in alphabetical order. Instrumentation is the standard brass trio grouping of trumpet, horn, and trombone, unless otherwise noted.
Bassett, Leslie. Brass Trio
Ewazen, Eric. Philharmonic Fanfare
Frackenpohl, Arthur. Trio
Gabaye, Pierre. Recréation (trio plus piano)
Hartley, Walter. Two Pastiches
Hidas, Frigyes. Triga for Brass Trio
Hutchison, Warner. Mini-Suite for Brass Trio
Koetsier, Jan. Figaro Metamorphosen
Louel, Jean. Trio
Muczynski, Robert. Voyages for Brass Trio
Nelhybel, Vaclav. Trio
Plog, Anthony. Trio
Plog, Anthony. Triple Concerto (trio plus piano or orchestra)
Poulenc, Francis. Sonata
Reynolds, Verne. Trio
Sampson, David. Duncan Trio
Sanders, Robert. Trio
Schnyder, Daniel. Trio
Stevens, John. Triangles
Tull, Fisher. Trio
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