The History of String Quartets Posted on Feb 20 17 Considered to be the purest form of music, the string quartet consists of four string instruments, usually violins, viola and a cello which performed structured symphonies in the form of four movements.
A string quartet can also mean the four people who play a piece for four string instruments. The four instruments in a string quartet are almost always 2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello. The reason that a double bass is not used is that it would sound too loud and heavy. The balance between 2 violins, viola and cello is considered ideal. String quartets are the most popular form of chamber music.