Background Trios for Strings, Volume 1

The 24 upbeat arrangements in this diverse collection of tunes will provide you with a wide variety of different styles and periods of music, designed to enhance the atmosphere of wedding receptions, parties, festivals, reunions, banquets, anniversary dinners, and other happy occasions.

This collection includes Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and some ethnic music. The interesting melodic bits are shared by each part, so that you will all get to enjoy the fun.

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Tunes in this Collection...
Anonymous, “Trio”
Anonymous, “With Horns and Hounds”
Bach, “Minuet in G”
Ball, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”
Beethoven, “Six Landlers”
Bloch, “Trio”
“Chihuahua” (“Jesse Polka”)
“Funiculi Funicula”
Gabrielli, “Balletto Nono”
Galilei, “Saltarello”
Handel, “Allegro”, from Royal Fireworks
Handel, “Minuet”, from Water Music
Hassler, “Tanzen und Springen”
“Hava Nagila”
“Hoedown Medley No. 1”
Hoffmeister, “Terzetto Scholastico”
Joplin, “Rag-Time Dance”
Lully, “Dans Nos Bois Silvandre S’escrie”
Morley, “Love Learns By Laughing”
“Pig Ankle Rag”
Playford, “The Bonny, Bonny Broom”
“Plinka Plonka Mazurka”
Quantz, “Trio for Three Flutes”
Sousa, “The Liberty Bell March”


“These two volumes (‘Background Trios For Strings, Volume 1’ and ‘Background Trios For Strings, Volume 2 ’) of twenty-four and twenty tunes, respectively, are generally two to four page trios for violin, viola, or cello, in any combination. The diverse collection includes everything from Beethoven’s ‘Six Landlers’ to ‘Jesse Polka’ and the ‘Pig Ankle Rag’ (Vol. 1). Volume II is a bit more classical, covering every era. Tunes in Volume II are a bit longer than those in Volume I, and include more third position. The arrangements are well balanced and everyone gets some ‘action.’ The print is easy to read and the off-white pages are thoughtful to eyes. Bowing and dynamic markings are well placed. The spiral binding allows the music to lie flat on a stand. The page layout avoids page turns. These books are good for gigging, and would also be good pieces for any young trio.”
- Jan Farrar Royce
American String Teacher, August 2011

Custom Arrangements for Any Format You Can Imagine. Despite its title, this edition stands well on its own — it needn’t be relegated to background status. In a clever design, the trios can be played in any configuration of violin, viola, and cello you can think of: there are parts labeled “A,” “B,” and “C” for each instrument. For the first volume Greenblatt has arranged 24 compositions that range from a tune from Elizabethan England to another by John Philip Sousa to a Scott Joplin rag to such popular tunes as “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.” As Greenblatt points out: “The interesting melodic bits are shared by each part, so that you will all get to enjoy the fun.” My trio was quite taken with the brief three-movement anonymous work that starts the collection — it is really quite charming... this is a fine compilation to have on hand for any occasion.
- Sarah Freiberg,
Strings Magazine , February 2012

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