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First page of the autograph manuscript score of Mendelssohn's String Octet
First page of the autograph manuscript score of Mendelssohn's String Octet
One possible ensemble layout
One possible ensemble layout

A string octet is a piece of music written for eight string instruments, or sometimes the group of eight players. 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
First page of the autograph manuscript score of Bruch's String Octet

Most frequently performed string octets include:

Other string octets include:

See also