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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Several years ago, director Yaron Zilberman made A Late Quartet, a thoughtful film about the disbanding of a distinguished string quartet, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken and Mark Ivanir. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incitement': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 In addition to his electro-acoustic compositions, Mr. Davidovsky’s output included string quartets and works for mixed chamber ensemble. New York Times, "Mario Davidovsky, Composer Who Made Electronics Sing, Dies at 85," 28 Aug. 2019 Especially in that sublime slow movement, a sort of Elgarian answer to those out-of-body slow movements in Beethoven's late string quartets, the music wanted a good deal more English reserve. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Enterprising programs open another season for Fort Worth's Mimir Chamber Music Festival," 6 July 2019 It's told through two singers and a string quartet. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "The Cast of 'As One' on How a Trans Coming-of-Age Story Became the Hottest New Opera," 25 June 2019 For their study, the Swiss team focused on the composer's 16 string quartets—over eight hours of music in total, with 70 individual movements. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Roll over, Beethoven: Decoding the maestro’s musical style with statistics," 3 Aug. 2019 There were readings from the poetry of his friend T. S. Eliot, and performances of movements from the string quartets of Beethoven and Tippett. Douglas Murray, National Review, "Michael Tippett’s ‘Timeless Music in Time’," 11 July 2019 Afterwards, guests convened for cocktails on the patio of the Rhinecliff, where the string quartet played Parisian street jazz. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Milliner Eugenia Kim’s Wedding Day Look Was Inspired by Madonna in Evita," 9 July 2019 While a string quartet played during the wedding, a local jazz band provided the soundtrack for the drinks and dinner and a DJ took over for the late-night dancing — with an assist from a playlist curated by Andreev and Davis. Adam Carlson,, "All the Photos and Details (and Olympic Guests!) from Skater Meryl Davis’ ‘Magical’ French Wedding," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of string quartet

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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