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Offline Maestro267

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Non-standard string quartets
« on: August 26, 2019, 04:46:48 AM »
Are there any string quartet compositions out there that are scored for ensembles other than the standard 2 violins, viola and cello ensemble?

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Re: Non-standard string quartets
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2019, 05:07:39 AM »
Arensky's 2nd string quartet is for violin, viola and 2 cellos. Carl Stamitz wrote several sets of quartets for violin, 2 violas and cello. I'm not sure how many quartets there are for violin, viola, cello and bass but at least one set, by Hoffmeister, of "Quartetti a Contrabbasso Obbligato". Rossini's six string sonatas are for 2 violins, cello and bass. Ignaz Lachner has a quartet for 3 violins and viola, and Benjamin Franklin (yes that one) a quartet for 3 violins and cello. York Bowen wrote a fantasia for four violas, and Gra┼╝yna Bacewicz has quartets for four violins and four cellos (as do some other people).

That's all I can think of offhand. Only the Arensky and Rossinis are anything close to being repertory pieces, though.
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Re: Non-standard string quartets
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2019, 10:47:16 AM »
Ginastera's String Quartet No. 3 is for soprano and string quartet. Finnissy's Third includes recorded birdsong.

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Re: Non-standard string quartets
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2019, 03:13:15 PM »
 Ernst Eichner's Six String Quartets, which are for violin, viola, cello, and double bass! 

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Also one (or more?) String Quartet in F major, Op. 12, No. 2 (for violin, viola and 2 cellos)

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