Quartet music

A quartet is a piece written to be performed by a string quartet ensemble (two violins, a viola, and a cello). Since the 18th century, the string quartet has gained a place as one of the most important chamber music forms. With only four instruments and an homogeneous sound palette, the composer is faced with a task that doesn't allow for colouristic effects or innecesary textural enrichment. The standard structure for a quartet is in four movements: the first in sonata forms, the second a slow movement, the third a minuet, and the fourth a sonata or rondo.
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Popular composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ·  Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky  ·  Felix Mendelssohn  ·  Claude Debussy  ·  Franz Joseph Haydn  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Gabriel Fauré  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Maurice Ravel  ·  Edward Elgar  ·  Sergei Prokofiev  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  Gioachino Antonio Rossini  ·  Giuseppe Verdi  ·  Béla Bartók  ·  Max Reger  ·  Georg Philipp Telemann  ·  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ·  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  ·  Michel Rondeau  ·  Niccolò Paganini  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Alexander Borodin  ·  Johann Pachelbel  ·  Richard Strauss  ·  César Franck  ·  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ·  Luigi Boccherini  ·  Léo Delibes  ·  Gustav Mahler  ·  Louis Spohr  ·  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ·  César Cui  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Bedřich Smetana  ·  Ferruccio Busoni  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan  ·  Max Bruch  ·  Friedrich Kuhlau  ·  Gaetano Donizetti  ·  Anton Rubinstein  ·  Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke  ·  Anton Arensky  ·  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
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