[Op. 19]. Six Duetts for a Violin & Bass... and humbly Dedicated to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales... Op. XIX. Jean-Baptiste BREVAL.

[Op. 19]. Six Duetts for a Violin & Bass... and humbly Dedicated to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales... Op. XIX

London: J. Cooper, [1786-87; after 1787]. Folio. Disbound. Violino: [1] (title), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp. Violoncello: [1] (title), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp. Viola: [1] (title), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.

The Viola part, not advertised on the title, is identical with the Violoncello part, transposed up an octave; it carries a different imprint and is identified as being part of a later (1787) edition: Cooper's address is no longer "No. 39 Whitcomb Street near Coventry Street" but "No. 7 Gerrard Street, Soho." Also, a price ("10s/6d") has been added, and the items advertised to the foot of the title now include the present item, restyled "Six Duetts for a Violin, Violoncello, or Violin & Tenor [i.e., viola], Op. 19;" Breval's opus 28, published in 1787, is also advertised.

Occasional notational corrections in pencil; annotation "good" in pencil to some pieces.

All parts reinforced at spine with paper tape. Minor stains and paper imperfections.

A later edition; apparently a reprint of the slightly earlier edition of Longman & Broderip published in London ca. 1786. BUC I p. 134 (dated 1783). RISM B4384 (4 copies, one at the University of California, Berkeley). Dates based on publisher's addresses (see Humphries and Smith, p. 115 ("Cooper [James]"). The first edition was published by Burchard Hummel in The Hague and Amsterdam (1785).

"[Breval was a] French composer and cellist. He studied with Jean-Baptiste Cupis, and may also have received lessons from Berteau... He made his début at the Concert Spirituel in 1778, playing one of his own sonatas... On the temporary cessation of the Concert Spirituel, he joined the Théâtre Feydeau orchestra from 1791 to 1800. Afterwards he assumed the administration of the Concerts de la rue de Cléry and became a member of the Paris Opéra orchestra, a position from which he retired in 1814. Bréval’s compositions, written between 1775 and 1805, consist mostly of instrumental music and reflect contemporary Parisian musical taste: graceful melodies are propelled by energetic rhythms and supported by an unobtrusive harmonic structure... He was ranked among the best composers for amateur musicians by his contemporaries." Barry S. Brook, Richard Viano, and Valerie Walden in Grove Music Online. Item #25638

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