"Music has charms to soothe the savage beast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak"

William Congreve

The Strings

The string quartet has long been a staple of classical music. A classic string quartet consists of two violins, a viola, and a cello. The quartet combines almost all the dynamic ranges available to the full orchestra. An exquisite variant of this ensemble is the sting trio comprised of one violin, a viola, and a cello. String ensembles usually perform music from the baroque, classical and romantic eras to the rag-time waltzes and popular modern themes.