[Opp. 4, 13, 15, 29, 30, 45]. Collection of 12 string quartets in parts in first and early editions,; as follows:. Louis SPOHR.
[Opp. 4, 13, 15, 29, 30, 45]. Collection of 12 string quartets in parts in first and early editions,; as follows:

[Opp. 4, 13, 15, 29, 30, 45]. Collection of 12 string quartets in parts in first and early editions,; as follows:

- [Op. 4]. Deux Quatuors... composés et dediés A Son Altesse Serénissime Monseigneur le Duc regnant de Saxe-Gotha et Altenbourg... Oeuv. IV. Leipzig: chez A. Kühnel (Bureau de Musique) [PN 455] [1806]. [1] (title), 2-14; [1] (title), 2-9; [1] (title), 2-9; [1] (title), 2-9 pp. Engraved. Tears to edges of title to first violin part. First Edition. Göthel p. 13. With manuscript note to foot of title: "Den 19. Juni 1806."

- [Op. 15]. Deux Quatuors... composés et dediés A Monsieur Keller Conseiller de So Altesse le Margrave de Bade... Op. 15. Leipzig: chez C.F. Peters (Bureau de Musique) [PN 720] [1818]. [1] (title), [2-3] (blank), 4-15; [1] (blank), 2-9; [1] (blank), 2-9; [1] (blank), 2-9 pp. Engraved. First Edition, later issue. Göthel p. 27.

- [Op. 30]. Xtes Quartett... 30tes Werk. Wien: S.A. Steiner und Comp. [PN S:u:C: 3017 [1819]. 13; [1] (blank), 2-9; [1] (blank), 2-9; [1] (blank), 2-9 pp. Engraved. First Edition. Göthel p. 51. Weinmann: Senefelder, Steiner & Haslinger, p. 167.

- [Op. 13]. Quatuor Brillant... Oeuv. 13 [corrected in manuscript to 43]. Leipzig: C.F. Peters [PN 1361] [1818]. 11; [1] (blank), 208; [1] (blank), 2-8; [1] (blank), 2-7 pp. Engraved. First Edition. Göthel p. 77.

- [Op. 45]. Trois Quatuors... Oe. 45. No. I [II-III]. Leipzig: C.F. Peters [PN 1487, 1489, 1490] [1818].
Violin I: 12; 13; 13 pp.
Violin II: [1] (blank), 2-9; [1] (blank), 2-11; [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.
Viola: [1] (blank), 2-9; [1] (blank), 2-11; [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.
Violoncello: [1] (blank), 2-9; 8; [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.
Engraved. First Edition. Göthel p. 82.

- [Op. 29]. Trois Quatuors... composés et dediés À Son Ami Andreas Romberg... Oeuvre 29. Vienne: Pierre Mechetti [PN] 381 [1815]. 23; [1] (title), 2-19; [1] (title), 2-19; [1] (title), 2-17 pp. Engraved. First Edition. Göthel p. 50. Weinmann Mechetti p. 11.

Four volumes. 19th century marbled paper over flexible boards with large labels titled in manuscript to uppers. Occasional annotations.

Bindings slightly worn. Minor browning, foxing and staining. In very good condition overall.

"The largest portion of Spohr's chamber music was for strings alone, ranging from 19 unsurpassed duos for two violins to four masterly, and largely unemulated, double string quartets. These, together with the 36 string quartets (and several other works for the same combination), seven string quintets and the String Sextet of 1848, display a number of common features. Spohr's own mastery of the violin is evident in all of them, and their technical difficulties, together with the particular style of performance necessary to secure their full effect, may partly explain their infrequent performance. The quartets, especially, fall into two distinct categories: solo quartets in the tradition of Rode (often entitled "Quatuor brillant"), which are essentially violin concertos with string trio accompaniment, and true quartets where the interest is more evenly divided between the instruments. At its most baneful, Spohr's virtuosity induced him to slip into predictable passage-work in the linking sections between the main tonal centres of his sonata form movement... There are, however, many examples of brilliance without vapidity in these works and his imagination seems particularly to have been stimulated by less usual combinations." Clive Brown in Grove Music Online. Item #17598

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