This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "String octet" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (February 2024) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
First page of the autograph manuscript score of Mendelssohn's String Octet
One possible ensemble layout

A string octet is a piece of music written for eight string instruments, or sometimes the group of eight players.[1] It usually consists of four violins, two violas and two cellos, or four violins, two violas, a cello and a double bass.

Notable string octets

First page of the autograph manuscript score of Bruch's String Octet

Most frequently performed string octets include:

Other string octets include:

See also


  1. ^ Riemann, Hugo. Dictionary of Music. Trans. J.A. Shedlock. Augener, 1900. 550.