ally, in classical music
, a quartet of string players - two violin
s, with a viola
and a cello
. When people refer to a quartet
in this context, it's usually a string
quartet. If there were to be formed an Everything Quartet (for the word "String" is often omitted, as in Kronos Quartet
or Arditti Quartet
), the members would be asked if Beethoven's Große Fuge
were in their repertoire, and they'd have to point out that they were actually a barbershop quartet, or a sax/piano/bass/drums jazz quartet or something.
One variation is the piano quintet, which is not - as it sounds - a quintet of pianists, but the string quartet augmented by one piano.