String octet

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First page of the autograph manuscript score of Mendelssohn's Octet, Op. 20
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.

String octets by notable composers[edit]

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