Wednesday, September 01, 2004

String beans...opps I meant string quartet

A string quartet is a piece of music typically composed for two violins, viola, and cello. String quartet's usually have 4+ movements. String quartet's are in the chamber music genre.
The string quartet has been a very influential group/genre of chamber music. In the classical era it led to the formation of the string trio and quintet. Joseph Haydn is associated with the composition of the first string quartets. Austria, Paris and London were important cities in the birth of the string quartet. In the Romantic period, interest was lost in the chamber-music genre, so quartets of this time are extremely virtuosic. There was a rebirth in interest around the later part of the 19th century, and music for quartet's changed with the times.
Famous quartet's include the Amadeus, Allegri, Kodaly, Takacs, Peterson, and Hart House Quartets.
The information for this blog was provided by The New Harvard Dictionary of Music editor Don Randal, 4th ed., "String quartet." Eugene K. Wolf.