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A string quartet refers to a a musical ensemble consisting of four string players — two violin players, a viola player and a cellist — or b a piece written to be performed by such a group. The string quartet is one of the most prominent chamber ensembles in classical music , with most major composers, from the mid 18th century onwards, writing string quartets. The string quartet was developed into its current form by the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn , with his works in the s establishing the genre. Ever since Haydn's day the string quartet has been considered a prestigious form and represents one of the true tests of the composer's art. With four parts to play with, a composer working in anything like the classical key system has enough lines to fashion a full argument, but none to spare for padding. The closely related characters of the four instruments, moreover, while they cover in combination an ample compass of pitch, do not lend themselves to indulgence in purely colouristic effects. Thus, where composers of symphonies command the means for textural enrichment beyond the call of their harmonic discourse, and where the concerto medium offers the further resource of personal characterization and drama in the individual-pitted-against-the-mass vein, writers of string quartets must perforce concentrate on the bare bones of musical logic.