string quartet


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

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The cocktail hour included an all-female string quartet playing while waiters in tuxedos offered glasses of Louis Roederer champagne (Fiji water was available at the bar) and hors d'oeuvres, including chicken satay. Marc Malkin, Billboard, "Mr. Chow Celebrates 50 Years With Ricky Martin, Steve Wonder, Mark Ronson & More," 17 Feb. 2018 For six years, this ensemble has been devoted to music for clarinet and string quartet, and performs a program of works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and more. 8 p.m. Friday, June 8. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joshua Kosman’s classical music picks, June 3," 31 May 2018 Calder Quartet The ensemble concludes its three-year residency at the Broad Stage with string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in L.A. classical music, April 29-May 6: Calder Quartet, pianist André Watts and more," 29 Apr. 2018 Over two nights, the ensemble will play all five of Beethoven’s late string quartets., "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 15 June 2018 In coming years, Bridges could serve to generate an ever-expanding repertoire of music for jazz trio and string quartet, a cause that both jazz and classical listeners can applaud. Howard Reich,, "Gregory Porter sounds sumptuous with CSO," 12 June 2018 For the most part, the piano went one way, and the string quartet, another. New York Times, "Review: Chiara Quartet Says Farewell on a High Note," 13 May 2018 Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw The soprano joins the string quartet for a program of works by Mozart, Respighi, Schubert, Webern and Schoenberg. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in L.A. classical music, April 22-29: Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw and more," 22 Apr. 2018 In one sampling of the pairings for a modern romantic outdoor ceremony, Dream City Strings recommended a string quartet to play for the 200 guests. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This startup takes the guesswork out of picking music — and musicians — for your wedding," 7 Mar. 2018

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1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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