Definition of String quartet

1. Noun. An instrumental quartet with 2 violins and a viola and a cello.

Exact synonyms: String Quartette
Generic synonyms: Quartet, Quartette

Definition of String quartet

1. Noun. (music) a group of four musicians playing string instruments, usually two violins, a viola and a cello ¹

2. Noun. (music) a musical composition for such a group ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of String Quartet

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Literary usage of String quartet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1912)
"CHAMBER MUSIC Musical Purists—The string quartet—Comparison of Chamber Music with ... For the string quartet is to chamber music what the symphony is to ..."

2. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians: Being the Sixth Volume of the by George Grove, Waldo Selden Pratt, Charles Newell Boyd (1920)
"For a time he led the string-quartet of the ... His compositions include two violin-concertos, a string-quartet in D minor, violin-pieces and études ..."

3. The Life of Johannes Brahms by Florence May (1905)
"CHAPTER XVII 1876-1878 Tour in Holland—Third string quartet—C minor Symphony—First performances—Varying impressions created by the work in Vienna and ..."

4. Musical Education by Albert Lavignac (1902)
"... of the String-Quartet, in which, after having passed the inevitable trials and liberated himself from the awkwardness that must always be gone through ..."

5. Tonal Counterpoint: Studies in Part-writing by Walter Raymond Spalding (1904)
"We now give a set of melodies of varied character, which are to be treated with special reference to effective performance upon a string quartet. ..."

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