Historical and Theoretical Prerequisites

  • Guerino Mazzola
Part of the Computational Music Science book series (CMS)


This chapter introduces the best evolved theoretical part of instrumentation: string quartet theory. It starts with a short historic synopsis and then reviews Ludwig Finscher’s work [320] on string quartet theory. We then focus on the technical core subject: the violin family as an instrumentation paradigm for the string quartet. The chapter concludes with a general discussion of semantics of sound colors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guerino Mazzola
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  1. 1.School of MusicUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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