In music, a quartet is an ensemble consisting of four musicians or singers. The most common among them was a string quartet consisting of two violins, viola and cello.
It originated in the XVIII century, when amateur musicians, gathering together in the evenings, spent their leisure time playing the stringed instruments. Over time, outstanding musicians began to join the quartets. Such ensembles performed at the courts of the princes, in the noble living rooms, and from the XIX century. – in concert philharmonic halls. Now the string quartet is one of the most common types of chamber ensemble. Continue reading