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? Refer to the listening examples in the Special Focus to support your conclusions.


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Listening examples:


String Quartet in E-Flat, No. 2 (“Joke”) by Haydn 
String Quartet in C Minor by Beethoven 
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17 by Bartók

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