The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet

by Robin Stowell

Series: Cambridge Companions to Music

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  • 9780521801942
  • 9780511074790
  • 9781139816526
This Companion offers a concise and authoritative survey of the string quartet by eleven chamber music specialists. Its fifteen carefully structured chapters provide coverage of a stimulating range of perspectives previously unavailable in one volume. It focuses on four main areas: the social and musical background to the quartet's development; the most celebrated ensembles; string quartet playing, including aspects of contemporary and historical performing practice; and the mainstream repertory, including significant 'mixed ensemble' compositions involving string quartet. Various musical and pictorial illustrations and informative appendixes, including a chronology of the most significant works, complete this indispensable guide. Written for all string quartet enthusiasts, this Companion will enrich readers' understanding of the history of the genre, the context and significance of quartets as cultural phenomena, and the musical, technical and interpretative problems of chamber music performance. It will also enhance their experience of listening to quartets in performance and on recordings.

  • Cambridge University Press; November 2003
  • ISBN: 9780511074790
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  • Title: The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
  • Author: Robin Stowell (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521801942
  • 9780511074790
  • 9781139816526

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"Indeed the Companion's readability, together with its broad and timely coverage of topics and its fascinating selection of iconography (notably early photos of string quartets), entice the reader to further explore this music of friends." Notes

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521801942
  • 9780511074790
  • 9781139816526