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String quartet (Fr. quatuor à cordes; Ger. Streichquartett; It. quartetto di cordi, quartetto d’archi)locked

  • Cliff Eisen,
  • Antonio Baldassarre
  •  and Paul Griffiths

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A composition for solo string instruments, usually two violins, viola and cello; it is widely regarded as the supreme form of chamber music.

No immediate precursor for the string quartet can be identified. Four-part writing for strings occurs in pieces titled sonata a quattro or ...

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