Virtuoso Pianist Lang Lang and his father play a piece of traditional Chinese music called "Horse". While Lang Lang is famous for being a piano soloist and playing concertos, he is playing the role accompanist in this performance. He is listening very carefully to the sound of the Erhu to make sure that he isn't playing too loud so we can't hear it and allowing his father to play expressively. You'll see that the Erhu is capable of producing a wide range of sounds - even a few horse noises towards the end!

 

Here is the first movement of a piano trio written by the French composer Maurice Ravel. The combination of piano, violin and cello is a very popular choice due the wide range of sounds and textures these instruments can produce. You'll notice here that the piano is not just left on the sidelines accompanying the solo instruments, but is also given moments to shine with its own melodies and solo passages.

 

Here is the opening movement of Shostakovich's Eighth String Quartet, it is probably the most famous he wrote. It was composed on a trip to Dresden, Germany and might well have been inspired by the war-torn city the composer would have found. The string quartet is very much a team effort with each player having important moments to play in the music.

 

. . . and add one more makes five! Quintets are also popular with composers as it allows to blend instruments from different families together. In the Trout Quintet, for example, Schubert adds a piano to broaden the range and power of the string quartet.

 

Duet

Virtuoso Pianist Lang Lang and his father play a piece of traditional Chinese music called "Horse". While Lang Lang is famous for being a piano soloist and playing concertos, he is playing the role accompanist in this performance. He is listening very carefully to the sound of the Erhu to make sure that he isn't playing too loud so we can't hear it and allowing his father to play expressively. You'll see that the Erhu is capable of producing a wide range of sounds - even a few horse noises towards the end!

Trio

Here is the first movement of a piano trio written by the French composer Maurice Ravel. The combination of piano, violin and cello is a very popular choice due the wide range of sounds and textures these instruments can produce. You'll notice here that the piano is not just left on the sidelines accompanying the solo instruments, but is also given moments to shine with its own melodies and solo passages.

String Quartet

Here is the opening movement of Shostakovich's Eighth String Quartet, it is probably the most famous he wrote. It was composed on a trip to Dresden, Germany and might well have been inspired by the war-torn city the composer would have found. The string quartet is very much a team effort with each player having important moments to play in the music.

Quintet

. . . and add one more makes five! Quintets are also popular with composers as it allows to blend instruments from different families together. In the Trout Quintet, for example, Schubert adds a piano to broaden the range and power of the string quartet.