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A piano sextet is a composition for piano and five other musical instruments, or a group of six musicians who perform such works. There is no standard grouping of instruments with that name, and compared to the string quartet or piano quintet literature, relatively few such compositions exist. The best-known piano sextet is probably Chausson's Concert, widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of the French chamber music literature (for example, the critic Jean Gallois describes it as "superb").

The following is an incomplete list of piano sextet composers and their works in this genre:

Ernest Chausson (1855 - 1899), Concert in D major, Op. 21, composed 1891, for piano, violin, and string quartet
Mikhail Glinka (1804 - 1857)
Grand Sextet (Sestetto originale) in E-flat major, composed 1832, for piano, string quartet, and double bass
Serenade (Divertimento brillante) on Themes from Bellini's La Sonnambula in A-flat major, composed 1832, for piano, string quartet, and double bass
Gordon Jacob (1895 - 1984), Sextet in B-flat major, composed 1956, for piano and wind quintet
Bohuslav Martinu (1890 - 1959)
ballet, La Revue de cuisine, composed 1927, for piano, violin, cello, clarinet, bassoon, and trumpet
Piano Sextet, composed 1829, for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, and two bassoons
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847), Piano Sextet in D major, Op. 110, composed 1824, for piano, violin, two violas, cello, and double bass
Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963), Sextet, composed 1939, for piano and wind quintet
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953), Overture on Hebrew Themes in C minor, Op. 34, for piano, clarinet, and string quartet
Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907), Sextet in Bb, Op. 6, for piano and wind quintet

Closely related forms of chamber music include the piano trio, the piano quartet and the piano quintet.


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