quartette


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quar·tet

also quar·tette  (kwôr-tĕt′)
n.
1. Music
a. A composition for four voices or four instruments.
b. A group of four singers or four instrumentalists.
2. A group of four.

[French quartette, from Italian quartetto, diminutive of quarto, fourth, from Latin quārtus; see quart.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quartette - four performers or singers who perform togetherquartette - four performers or singers who perform together
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization - an organization of musicians who perform together
barbershop quartet - an unaccompanied quartet of (usually male) voices singing sentimental songs in four-part harmony
string quartet, string quartette - an instrumental quartet with 2 violins and a viola and a cello
2.quartette - a set of four similar things considered as a unit
set - a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used; "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth"
3.quartette - four people considered as a unit; "he joined a barbershop quartet"; "the foursome teed off before 9 a.m."
assemblage, gathering - a group of persons together in one place
quadrumvirate - a group of four men
4.quartette - a musical composition for four performers
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
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Lend an ear, then, to this concert of bell towers; spread over all the murmur of half a million men, the eternal plaint of the river, the infinite breathings of the wind, the grave and distant quartette of the four forests arranged upon the hills, on the horizon, like immense stacks of organ pipes; extinguish, as in a half shade, all that is too hoarse and too shrill about the central chime, and say whether you know anything in the world more rich and joyful, more golden, more dazzling, than this tumult of bells and chimes;--than this furnace of music,--than these ten thousand brazen voices chanting simultaneously in the flutes of stone, three hundred feet high,--than this city which is no longer anything but an orchestra,--than this symphony which produces the noise of a tempest.
On arriving there I found that the General had decided to take a quartette of singers through the North, and hold meetings for a month in important cities, at which meetings he and I were to speak.
At the visitors' request the young people sang the quartette, "The Brook," with which everyone was delighted.