- a musical composition, usually in three or four movements, for four stringed instruments, typically two violins, viola, and cello.
- a first violinist, second violinist, violist, and cellist forming a group for the performance of string quartets and similar music.
Origin of string quartet
First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for string quartet
This fact has been the cause of many so-called transcriptions of orchestral or string-quartet music for the organ.Music: An Art and a Language
Walter Raymond Spalding
- an instrumental ensemble consisting of two violins, one viola, and one cello
- a piece of music written for such a group, usually having the form and commonest features of a sonata
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