This survey of the string quartet by ten chamber music specialists focuses on four main areas: social and musical background to the genre's development; celebrated ensembles and their significance; and string quartet playing. It reviews aspects of contemporary and historical practice, including "mixed ensembles." Informative appendixes and a full chronology of the mainstream repertory complete this compact guide.
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Table of ContentsPart I. Social Changes and Organological Developments: 1. The string quartet and society Christina Bashford; 2. Developments in instruments, bows and accessories Robin Stowell; Part II. Celebrated Ensembles: 3. From chamber to concert hall Tully Potter; 4. The concert explosion and the age of recording Tully Potter; Part III. Playing String Quartets: 5. Playing quartets: a view from the inside David Waterman; 6. Historical awareness in quartet performance Simon Standage; 7. Extending the technical and expressive frontiers Robin Stowell; Part IV. The String Quartet Repertory: 8. The origins of the quartet David Wyn Jones; 9. The Classical style: Haydn, Mozart and their contemporaries W. Dean Sutcliffe; 10. Beethoven and the Viennese legacy David Wyn Jones; 11. The Austro-Germanic quartet tradition in the nineteenth century Stephen E. Hefling; 12. Traditional and progressive nineteenth-century trends: France, Italy, Great Britain and America Robin Stowell; 13. Nineteenth-century national traditions and the string quartet Jan Smaczny; 14. The string quartet in the twentieth century Kenneth Gloag; 15. The string quartet as a foundation for larger ensembles Colin Lawson.