Leipsic: Breitkopf & Härtel [PNs 6022, 6023, 6024], . Folio. Unbound, as issued. Engraved.
I: 13, 11, 11, 9 pp.
II: 13, 11, 11, 11 pp.
III: 15, 13, 13, 13 pp.
With fine decorative titles printed in sepia to each quartet.
Staining (mostly marginal) to first few leaves of first quartet, including title, and outer edges of third quartet, otherwise very good copies.
First Editions. Very scarce. Not in Krause. Müller-Reuter I, pp. 131-133. Hoboken 10: 201, 202, 203.
"One of the most gifted and versatile prodigies, Mendelssohn stood at the forefront of German music during the 1830s and 40s, as conductor, pianist, organist and, above all, composer. His musical style, fully developed before he was 20, drew upon a variety of influences, including the complex chromatic counterpoint of Bach, the formal clarity and gracefulness of Mozart and the dramatic power of Beethoven and Weber..."
"The three quartets op.44, written during the idyllic period of Mendelssohn's honeymoon and first year of marriage, show signs of a Classical tendency." R. Larry Todd in Grove Music Online. Item #18717
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