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string quartet

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
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for string-quartet

string quartet

noun (music)
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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string quartet definition

A musical group that includes two violins, a viola, and a cello. The term also refers to a composition written for these four instruments. Many composers, notably Franz Josef Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven, have written string quartets.

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