Vienne: chez Maths. Artaria [PN M.A. 870], . Folio. Newly bound in quarter dark red morocco with marbled boards, black leather label gilt to spine. 1f. (half title, verso blank),  (title incorporating crown above a stippled circle),  (blank), 3-67,  (blank) pp. Engraved. With handstamp of J.J. Ewer [London] to foot of half-title.
A very little minor staining to upper blank margins. A fine copy overall, with clear, strong impression and wide margins.
First Edition, rarely found with the half-title. Kinsky-Halm p. 395. Dorfmüller-Weinhold p. 233. Hoboken 2, 515. Hirsch IV, 402.
This, the third of the quartets dedicated to Prince Galitzin, was composed in 1825.
"It is hard to resist the conviction, dangerous as superlatives must always be, that as a masterpiece of the sonata type of construction, the opening movement of this last and most mature of the Galitzin Quartets is unrivalled and unique, not only in Beethoven but possibly in all quartet literature." Mason: The Quartets of Beethoven, p. 208.
"The event that was personally important to Beethoven at this time was the first performance of his Quartet in B-flat, his "Leibquartett" as it [was] once called in the Conversation Books... The performance took place on March 21, 1826... [Matthias Artaria] had purchased the publishing rights of the Quartett and after the performance he went to Beethoven with the suggestion that he write a new finale and that the fugue be published as an independent piece... Beethoven complied, and the original finale was subsequently published as Op. 133." Thayer-Forbes: Beethoven, pp. 974-975. Item #18861
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