string quartet

noun

Definition of string quartet

1 : a composition for string quartet
2 : a quartet of performers on stringed instruments usually including a first and second violin, a viola, and a cello

Examples of string quartet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, a string quartet at the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house in Barcelona did a performance in front of 2,292 plants, CNN reported. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Barcelona Opera House Opens With Packed Audience — of Plants," 24 June 2020 The selections are by Mozart (Serenade in C minor, K. 388, for wind octet), Brahms (Viola Quintet in G major, Op. 111), Ravel (Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet) and George Walker (Lyric for Strings). Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "With normal concerts canceled, Dallas Symphony makes new audience connections," 18 June 2020 Even the purest, most ethereal work—an abstraction by Geneviève Asse, a string quartet by Linda Catlin Smith—can leave us in a state of vulnerable awareness. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Sorrowful Songs at the White Light Festival," 11 Nov. 2019 Live Members of the Capitol Ensemble play string quartets by Schumann and Ravel. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Classical music in L.A. this week: ‘Game of Thrones’ and more," 29 Sep. 2019 One night the featured show might be a string quartet on the stage of Davies Symphony Hall, patrons carefully spread throughout. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Post-coronavirus landscape: Architects imagine shared cultural venues and choreographed dining," 28 Apr. 2020 And after a photo tribute of Kobe and Gianna was displayed on the scoreboard above the stage at Staples Center, Alicia Keys performed it with the help of a string quartet. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Kobe Bryant memorial: The 7 most memorable moments including Vanessa Bryant, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal," 24 Feb. 2020 The album does feature some guest vocalists, however, including Kendra Foster, Wes Felton, Niles and Muhsinah – along with a string quartet. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Ben Williams Delivers 'We Shall Overcome' for MLK Day," 20 Jan. 2020 And this striking disc closes with a haunting Hebrew-language setting of Psalm 121 for mezzo-soprano (here, a radiant Pamela Dellal) and string quartet. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Sparkling Mozart, spellbinding Donizetti, and dancing Bach," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of string quartet

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“String quartet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/string%20quartet. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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