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 At least on second hearing — the first a recording of the original string quartet version — the vocal lines didn’t always evince obvious connections to the words or emotions. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 11 May 2021 The piece employs the instruments of a string quartet — two violins, viola and cello — but they’re not played in any conventional way. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 The concert will explore the junctures between Western classical, jazz and traditional Arab music and will also include three pieces Yamani composed for string quartet and keyboards. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2021 Rina Sawayama goes full-on boss babe for her Tiny Desk (Home) Concert, commanding a string quartet and band in sheer hot-pink tights. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 19 Apr. 2021 The ensemble served up a survey of the string quartet genre, from its early days to the present. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2021 Steel pored through Dawson’s papers at Emory University and saw that Dawson had written a sonata for solo violin, also arranging the piece’s slow movement for piano trio and string quartet. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Apr. 2021 Quick, imagine a string quartet concert in a private home. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2021 With enough room for up to 16 guests in the hot-air balloon, couples can even choose to bring a full string quartet. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2021

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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