Learn More About String Quartets and String Quartet Music
Are you curious to learn more about string quartets and string quartet music? The Sparrow Lane String Quartet has created this article to help our visitors learn the basic language of a string quartet as well as some essential music for string quartets.
What is a String Quartet?
Essentially, a string quartet is a combination of four stringed instruments playing together. However, string quartets traditionally consist of two violins, one viola and a cello. For more variety, string quartets can also consist of ensembles of guitarists, harpists, bassists or even a mandolin player. The combinations and variety which can be achieved through string quartet ensembles is unlimited and the addition of other musical instruments can make the performance of a string quartet even more special.
For example, a piano could be added to a string quartet for a piano quintet. A fifth string instrument aside could be added, ranging from an additional violin to a bass and beyond, making it a string quintet. Alternatively, if you remove one instrument from the quartet, it would become a string trio. The Sparrow Lane String Quartet is available in the classic quartet combination or with any addition or subtraction of various instruments.
Some History About String Quartets
String quartets became popular in the 1700′s when composers such as Haydn began writing compositions for them. In fact, Haydn is known as the father of string quartets because his Opus 9 Quartet became the standard format for string quartets.
Popular Composers for String Quartets
Many, many composers have written compositions for string quartets. Here is a brief list of some famous classical composers who have written string quartet music:
Popular Songs for String Quartets
There are many timeless, beautiful and breathtaking songs which can be played by a string quartet; their versatility is one reason they are a popular choice for special events. From classical favorites like Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” to all-time pop favorites like the Beatles “All You Need is Love”, string quartets’ capabilities are virtually unlimited. This is what makes string quartets such a popular choice for weddings and corporate events, also. Below is a list of just a few songs string quartets can play:
Classical Songs for String Quartets
Wedding Songs for String Quartets
Pop Songs for String Quartets
R&B / Jazz / Swing / Dance for String Quartets
With string quartets, musical choices are only limited by your imagination!
If you’re interested in listening to string quartet songs
Why Are String Quartets So Popular
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