string instruments
(streeng IN-struh-mentz)


[Eng.]


Any musical instrument that produces sound by means of vibrating strings. The strings are under appropriate tension, and are set into vibration by being plucked (as the harp, guitar, or lute, etc.), strummed (as the harp, guitar, or lute, etc.), struck (as the piano, dulcimer, or clavichord, etc.), or bowed (as the violin, viol, or 'cello, etc.).


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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op. 9
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 36
Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 (Ruzumovsky), I
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 30
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite, Op. 46, No. 1, "Ase's Death"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 67
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 39
Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26, (main theme, strings)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 8

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