Music: Rising Quartet

String quartet players probably have more fun than any other musicians, for each of them—two fiddlers, a violist and a cellist—is in sole charge of a part that would be played by a whole section in an orchestra. But string-quartet music, limited to small halls, has a reputation as "difficult" listening. It has none of the sensational blare and boom of a symphony, its finely-spun lines are pared to essentials, requiring the listener's intense concentration; also, it lacks a conductor, whose dramatics an audience can follow. Today, the way for a quartet to...

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