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the development of the string quartet

I briefly describe the development of the string quartet. How would you relate this chamber ensemble to modern performing groups such as the jazz quartet? Or to a rock ensemble? What are some of the similarities and differences?

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Quarter stands for "four" (4), and likewise the string quartet represents four solo instruments [cello, two violins, and viola]. Oxford's Music Dictionary references, "The [string quartet] genre was not firmly established until the time of Haydn, though its origin may be located in various late Baroque compositions..."

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String quartet. (n.d.). The [Oxford] Concise Grove Dictionary of Music. Retrieved July 29, 2008, from Web site:

Britannica (n.d.) references, that the string quartet "was principally developed (if not quite invented) by Joseph Haydn, who wrote some 70 quartets between 1757 and 1803. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ...

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The development of the string quartet is discussed.