String quartet (Fr. quatuor à cordes; Ger. Streichquartett; It. quartetto di cordi, quartetto d’archi)
- Cliff Eisen,
- Antonio Baldassarre
- and Paul Griffiths
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 ...