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Trio [terzet] (Fr. trio; Ger. Trio, Terzett; It. terzetto)locked

  • Marita P. McClymonds,
  • Elisabeth Cook
  •  and Julian Budden


An ensemble for three voices; the term ‘terzet’ is sometimes preferred, in vocal music, to ‘trio’.

Trios have been used throughout the history of opera. An early example is the item for Seneca’s famigliari in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (1643); there are also trios in two Cavalli operas (...

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