Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Yarn...opps I mean string quintet

The string quintet consists of five members which play chamber music. The quintet is less common than the quartet, but none the less a great chamber group. Important quintet composers include Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Bruckner, and Brahms. The quintet is very similar to the quartet with 2 violins, viola and cello but with an added viola. Sometimes a quintet will have 2 violins, viola, cello and a double bass.

Thanks to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music editor Don Randal, 4th ed., "Quintet."