Trio verses Quartet
What is the difference between a
String Trio and a String Quartet?
Do we need a Quartet or a
are often asked this question. Both are a
beautiful compliment to any occasion, but they are
very different. You should ignore everything
anyone has told you, listen to both, then choose the
one you like best.
are 3 recordings of the swan above The first
two were recorded in our living room with the same
Mic on the same day. The third was recorded in
a sound studio for high quality audio using
a trio loud enough or do we need a quartet?
There is very little difference in volume between a
Trio and a Quartet. It takes 10 times
the number of players to be twice as loud because
volume is a logrhythmic function. A string
quartet has a more parts and a fuller sound which
creates a richer texture. Again, choose the
sound you prefer.
What music is
available for Trio?
There is an
incredible repertoire available for string
quartet, most of which can be performed by a
trio. For centuries, master composers have
leaned toward the string quartet. Most of
the literature can be arranged for a string
Mozart for example wrote 23 string quartets and
only one trio.
What is the difference in
cost between a trio and a quartet?
string trio is slightly less expensive than a
string quartet, however it is not 30% less.
The fees are based on the number of players, the
time required, the ensembles booking fees &
overhead, plus travel charges if applicable.
Check with your vendor for exact pricing.
Should we work directly with the
quartet or use an event planner / booking
We would prefer to work with you directly
with us even if you have an agent because:
o There are less errors
without a middle man
o Planners & agents
charge fees which often add to your cost.
o Some planners do not
communicate enough while others shower musicians
with so many details they don't need, that
important information gets lost in the packets.
o We have had agents
inform clients we are no longer available after we
received a contract with a non refundable because
some communication or payment was not made to them
on their timetable. This leaves you holding
the bag, and possibly paying fees to two
ensembles. We cannot control when we receive
a contract with a deposit and cannot reserve
musicians and date until it is received.
Again communicating directly with you makes this
type of error a non issue.
o Some agents are
wonderful to work with! Some are not.