The Chamber music (originated from Italy, "da camera" is literally translated to mean "for the chamber") is a form of Art music or serious music (usually called classical music) that is composed and performed for a small group of instruments, traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber. There is no theoretical upper limit to the number of instruments but in practice most of the composition are made for at least two instruments to twenty.
The String Ensambles that we offer in our performances:
- The String Duet: consists of a violin and a cello, it is the smallest ensamble. The main melody is played by the violin and the cello makes the accompaniment in a supporting manner.
In the first example, the cello initially sings the main melody in a solo, then it will be the support of the violin who will then take the prominence of the melody. Watch example
- The String Trio: Two violins and a cello, also known as trio sonata, is a musical form that was popular in the 17th and early 18th centuries. A trio sonata is written for two solo melodic instruments (the two violins) and basso continuo (the cello), making three parts in all.
In the following example, there are 2 main melodies, each played by the violins while the cello fill base with the basses. Exceptionally in this example, the cello in the middle of the piece will take a new main melody while the violins accompany. Watch example
- The String Quartet: is formed of two violins, a viola and a cello and has always had an important place in the works of the most important classical composers. But because of its special sound and its great richness in timber, a string quartet is able to naturally produce the most varied expressions in popular music.
In the last example, we will present a modern piece of jazz, where the main melody is being passed from one instrument to another while the rest accompany or perform counter melodies. Watch example