Definitions for: Quartet


[n] a musical composition for four performers
[n] four people considered as a unit; "he joined a barbershop quartet"; "the foursome teed off before 9 a.m."
[n] a set of four similar things considered as a unit
[n] four performers or singers who perform together
[n] the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one



Webster (1913) Definition: Quar*tet", Quartette Quar*tette", n. [It. quartetto,
dim. of quarto the fourth, a fourth part, fr. L. quartus the
fourth. See Quart.]
1. (Mus.)
(a) A composition in four parts, each performed by a
single voice or instrument.
(b) The set of four person who perform a piece of music in
four parts.

2. (Poet.) A stanza of four lines.

Synonyms: 4, four, foursome, foursome, IV, Little Joe, quadruplet, quadruplet, quartette, quartette, quatern, quaternary, quaternion, quaternity, tetrad

See Also: assemblage, barbershop quartet, composition, digit, figure, gathering, musical composition, musical group, musical organisation, musical organization, opus, piece, piece of music, quadrumvirate, set, string quartet, string quartette

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Famous Quotes Containing Quartet:


I prefer a quartet, it makes everyone work harder.

-- Adrian Belew (American Musician)

The Third Quartet I made the instruments in pairs - Two different pairs - Violin and viola, and violin and cello. They played very different things from each other all through the whole piece.

-- Elliott Carter (American Composer)

Some tracks are with quartet and some tracks are with synthesizer.

-- Charlie Haden (American Musician)

The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night. Brahms lost.

-- Bennett Cerf (American Journalist)

I've been saying for almost 20 years that I need to do a jazz project and it ought to be either big band or I should do some jazz songs with a trio or quartet.

-- Al Jarreau (American Musician)

You hear it in your brain. Whatever makes sense. Some songs work well as quartet songs, sometimes they don't.

-- Branford Marsalis (American Musician)

Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another.

-- Kate Smith (American Musician)

Industry, economy, honesty, and kindness form a quartet of virtues that will never be improved upon.

-- James Oliver (British Politician)

One is that you have to take time, lots of time, to let an idea grow from within. The second is that when you sign on to something, there will be issues of trust, deep trust, the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another.

-- Yo-Yo Ma ( Musician)

I am touring in Europe. I am putting together a trio and a quartet. I am playing solo concerts with my symphonic sounds. I am very much engaged back to playing and recording and everything.

-- Miroslav Vitous (Czechoslovakian Musician)

I love working with the quartet. I have more freedom and flexibility.

-- Boz Scaggs (American Musician)

I'll tell you what I would do in a shot if I could. I would sing in the barbershop quartet in The Music Man.

-- Ned Beatty (American Actor)

A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas.

-- Stan Getz (American Musician)

How could a New Yorker possibly take something called the Hollywood String Quartet seriously?

-- Leonard Slatkin (American Celebrity)

When I heard Monk in person in 1955, he was playing with a quartet in a small club. The place was full of musicians, but there was no public at all.

-- Steve Lacy (American Musician)

I owe very, very much to Mozart; and if one studies, for instance, the way in which I write for string quartet, then one cannot deny that I have learned this directly from Mozart. And I am proud of it!

-- Arnold Schoenberg (Austrian Composer)

I suppose subconsciously I was thinking in terms of having the scale of it matching the scale of the images. Hence the sort of string quartet, jazz band and electronic stuff.

-- Jonny Greenwood (English Musician)

My grandfather was in a barbershop quartet and my grandmother was in a gospel quartet with her sisters.

-- Kevin Richardson (American Musician)

We used to get on planes, and they'd ask who we were, and we'd say, 'The Dave Brubeck Quartet', and they'd say, 'Who?' In later years they'd say, 'Oh', which amounts to the same thing.

-- Paul Desmond (American Musician)

And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.

-- Elvis Costello (British Musician)

People whose sensibility is destroyed by music in trains, airports, lifts, cannot concentrate on a Beethoven Quartet.

-- Witold Lutoslawski (Polish Composer)

The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet.

-- Jeffrey Tate (English Musician)


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