Leipzig: C.F. Peters [PN 1489], . Folio. Unbound.  (title), 2-13; 11; 11; 8 pp. Engraved. With early ownership signature to each part.
Title and several leaves soiled and browned; old paper tape to spine and outer edge and verso of title; occasional staining, wear and minor imperfections.
First Edition of the second of the three quartets of op. 45. Göthel p. 82.
"Regarded by many contemporaries as worthy of a place beside Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven in the pantheon of the greatest composers, he has, together with Gluck and Cherubini, been allotted a considerably lower status by posterity. Mozart's Figaro and Wagner's Tristan were both composed during Spohr's lifetime; his own work looks, Janus-like, towards both the formalism and clarity of the Classical tradition, and the structural and harmonic experimentation associated with 19th-century Romanticism." Clive Brown in Grove Music Online.
"From the end of 1817 until 1819 [Spohr] was resident in Frankfurt as director of opera, where he did much to raise standards of performance... He also enriched the musical life of Frankfurt by presenting a series of quartet concerts, for which he composed his String Quartets op. 45." Item #21057
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