Leipzig, Paris: Frédéric Hofmeister, Simon Richault [PN] 1515, . Folio. Unbound, as issued. 9; 9; 9; 7 pp. Engraved. Title to viola part.
Some very light wear and soiling; two small binder's holes to inner blank margins. In very good condition overall.
First Edition. Not in Krause. Mendelssohn Papers III, 604. Hoboken 10, 130.
"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..."
"... Between 1827 and 1847 [he] composed six string quartets, and had begun work on a seventh at the end of his life... The first two, op. 13 in A minor (1827) and op. 12 in Eb (1829), show a rapprochement with the late quartets of Beethoven. To the Swedish musician Adolf Lindblad Mendelssohn explained his concern for the organic relationship of the various movements to the whole. In op. 12 the opening of the first movement is brought back to conclude the finale... " R. Larry Todd in Grove Music Online. Item #18718
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