I\'m looking to compose orchestral pieces for small ensembles and would like to learn more about the various \"configurations\" generally used for small ensembles as far as what instruments were used and in what particular combinations. Are there any \"standard\" configurations perhaps associated with different periods and styles? I\'m interested in chamber music from periods ranging from the renaissance and baroque to romanticism.
Starting from trios, quartets and quintets what options are there beyond that for small ensembles? What would a sextet for instance tend to consist of? I\'m thinking strings, woodwinds and brass and/or harpsichord/pianoforte (?) (Something like: 1 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 oboe, 1 bassoon, 1 harpsichord or something?) What about an octet and so on?
Clearly there are endless possibilities but I\'m curious to know what may have been \"standard\" configurations used for these given styles.