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Trio Sonatina for Guitar, Violin and Cello

I wrote this Trio for guitarist Tali Roth and her trio Tango Nuevo, and she performed it at Carnegie’s Weil Recital Hall. The Cellist is Chagit Glaser, and the Violinist is Humberto Ridolfi.


Of all the music I’ve written, this is the one I’m the most proud of. I think it begins to fill in a huge gap in the chamber music repertoire for guitar—that gap being music with guitar that other musicians (with plenty of great music to choose from) actually want to play and enjoy working on. Chagit and Humberto really grew to love the piece, and performed it beautifully along with Tali.

There are two other movements in this Trio, but these are the ones that have been performed. They stand on their own as a complete work.


Lento/Allegro Moderato
[audio:http://jaykauffman.com/Music%20Files/trio%20sonatina%20II%20(2)%20with%20amp%20remove.mp3|titles=Lento/Allegro Moderato]

Purchase the Score and Parts to Trio Sonatina:

I’ve had increasing requests for this score from people who wish to play it. You can now purchase it here and have it delivered to your inbox as a zip file of 8 pdfs.

Trio Sonatina for Guitar, Violin and Cello

Because I’d love to see this piece performed more widely, I offer full unlimited personal support for any one who purchases this and wants to play or perform it. That means I will respond A.S.A.P to any and all questions about the score, and any issues or difficulties about playing it. This means if you are confused about a fingering, unsure how to execute a specific technique, spot an error or an unclear instruction/accidental etc, I’ll look at  it myself and get back to you quickly with a clear answer. Email me at jay.kauffman@gmail.com

 Try it out before buying—click the picture or link text below for a pdf sample of the first page of each movement:

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Trio Sonatina Sample Pages


Purchase Trio Sonatina

Price: $15  (Includes 8 separate pdfs — Full Scores for each movement, 18 pages in total, plus solo parts for guitar, violin, and cello, 25 pages in total. Guitar part has extensive fingerings.)

Trio Sonatina for Guitar, Violin and Cello
Trio Sonatina for Guitar, Violin and Cello
8 Pdfs in a zipped package. Two Movements in full score plus separate parts for each instrument.
Price: $15.00


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  • I was wondering what the names of the other two movements.

    • JayKauffman

      Thanks for asking, Geofrey..

      the movements here are actually the 2nd and 3rd

      movement 1 is a Passacaglia
      movement 4 is an increasingly crazed Gypsy Dance (with touches of Klezmer and Mozart)

      • Geofrey

        When will the other two movements be available? I would like to be able to perform the whole piece on tour. Will I have to purchase the other two separately? Thank you for your time

  • This is a great line-up. I’ve also written a milonga for this formation! It’s called Liebergmilonga.
    Do you think that Tali Roth and the trio Tango Nuevo might be interested in it, I dare asking?
    Have a nice day
    Juan Maria

    • JayKauffman

      Juan, I’m not sure what Tali is doing these days with Tango Nuevo. After she did this concert, she decided to replace the cello with an electric bass player:) So they never played this piece again, unfortunately. I hope to perform it myself sometime but I can’t promise when.

      • Geofrey

        We are thinking about performing in on tour in Mexico if it works with our concert set.

    • Geofrey

      I would love to see the score if you would like to send it to me.

  • Jay, there is a trio here in Germany -where I live- that is looking pieces for vln + vcl + guit. I can contact you with them if you want (after that, the negotiation is your thing!) Drop me a line, a private message if you want. Or I can give them your webpage adress (this conversation) if you prefer. So they can listen you music and decide… As you want.
    Warm regards
    Juan Maria

    • JayKauffman

      Thanks, Juan Maria—I appreciate that!
      I’ll contact you.


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