Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A quartet of stringed instruments of the viol class, that is, usually, two violins, a viola, and a violoncello.
- n. A composition for such a quartet.
- n. All the viol instruments in an orchestra, collectively.
“The group's virtues include exemplary string-quartet "hygiene" - ensemble in rapid passages, intonation in unisons and matching of bow strokes.”
“Invite the Kronos Quartet for a residency and you know you won't just get another tour around the familiar string-quartet repertoire.”
“He explained that gap in his expertise by dissing opera, writing that it was less compelling than his favorite string-quartet music: "To my mind and ear, there is simply nothing that compares to the musical sophistication of a late Beethoven, Bartok, Schubert or Brahms work for minimal forces.”
“It has been a real privilege to experience string-quartet playing of such selfless intelligence and peerless musicality.”
“Then I got a string-quartet version and it made much more sense.”
“Français, who died at 80 on Feb. 4, was an expert on Stradivarius instruments, and his memory was honored with a string-quartet performance of Borodin's Nocturne.”
“He will, in fact, follow the example set by good string-quartet players, who listen attentively to the other instruments during rehearsals, so that the perfect welding together of the different parts may form a homogeneous whole.”
“So we find him writing songs, the three Japanese lyrics, for instance, that are epigrammatic in their brevity; a piece for string-quartet that is played in fifty seconds; a three-act opera that can be performed in thirty minutes.”
“One of his miniatures for string-quartet bangs with the beat of the wooden shoes of peasants dancing to the snarling tones of a bagpipe.”
“Opus 6, Four Studies for the pianoforte; Opus 7, Two songs; "Les Rois des Etoiles," for chorus and orchestra; Three songs on Japanese poems with orchestral accompaniment; Three pieces for string-quartet; An unpublished pianoforte sonata; A ballet for clowns.”
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