Top Ten Piano Quartets
The traditional piano quartet – with violin, viola and cello joining the piano – is a select genre. But it is also one that boasts some glorious music. Mozart, who composed the first works in the genre to still retain a place in the repertoire, set the blueprint. Brahms composed three masterpieces for the combination. Fauré composed two, as did Dvořák – with his compatriots Joseph Suk (who also became Dvořák's son-in-law) and Bohuslav Martinů also composing piano quartets. All those composers are represented in this list, as are British composer Frank Bridge, Mahler (his single movement for piano quartet dating from his student days), and Mendelssohn, who composed his First Piano Quartet aged just 13.