Quartet vs Ensemble - What's the difference?

quartet | ensemble |

As nouns the difference between quartet and ensemble

is that quartet is (music) a music composition in four parts, each performed by a single voice or instrument while ensemble is .


Alternative forms

* quartette


(en noun)
  • (music) A music composition in four parts, each performed by a single voice or instrument.
  • A string quartet .
  • (music) The set of four musicians who perform a piece of music together in four parts.
  • A quartet of violinists .
  • A group of four.
  • Synonyms

    * group of four: foursome




    (wikipedia ensemble) (en noun)
  • a group of separate things that contribute to a coordinated whole
  • a coordinated costume or outfit; a suit
  • a group of musicians, dancers, actors, etc who perform together; e.g. the chorus of a ballet company
  • * 12 July 2012 , Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • On paper, Continental Drift boasts a jaw-dropping voice cast, including but not limited to Jennifer Lopez, Patrick Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Alan Tudyk. But in practice, the overstuffed ensemble leaves the cast no room to distinguish themselves, and directors Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier don’t seem interested in coaxing performances that might render their money stars less identifiable.
  • (music) a piece for several instrumentalists or vocalists
  • Derived terms

    * ensemblist * subensemble