Trois Quatuors pour deux Violons, Alto & Violoncelle composés et dédiés à son ami Baillot... No. I...I[I]...I[II] Pr. 2 Rthlr _Gr. [Parts]. Luigi CHERUBINI.

Trois Quatuors pour deux Violons, Alto & Violoncelle composés et dédiés à son ami Baillot... No. I...I[I]...I[II] Pr. 2 Rthlr _Gr. [Parts]

Leipsic: Fr. Kistner [PNs 1101, 1102, 1103], [March 1836]. Folio. Unbound. Engraved.

No. I [in E-flat major]: Violino 1o.: [1] (title), 2-15, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino 2o.: [1] (blank), 2-15, [i] (blank) pp.; Alto: [1] (blank), 2-11, [i] (blank) pp.; Basso [violoncello]: [1] (blank), 2-11,[i] (blank) pp. Price to title changed in ink to "2 Rthlr. 8 Gr." Manuscript titling in German in pencil to all blank pages preceding music.

No. II [in C major]: Violino 1o.: [1] (title), [2] (blank), 3-14, [ii] (blank) pp.; Violino 2o.: 12 pp.; Alto: 12 pp.; Basso [violoncello]: [1] (blank), 2-11, [i] (blank) pp. Price to title changed in ink to "2 Rthlr. 12 Gr." Manuscript titling in German in pencil to first blank page of Basso; "Cherubini" in the same hand to head of first page of music of the other parts.

No. 3 [in D minor]: Violino 1o.: [1] (title), [2] (blank), 3-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino 2o.: 11, [i] (blank) pp.; Alto: 11, [i] (blank) pp.; Basso [violoncello]: 10 pp. "Cherubini" in pencil to head of first page of music of all parts except Violino 1o.

Some wear, browning, soiling and foxing; some edges frayed; other minor defects; early owner's name, "Egger," in pencil to lower left corner of each title.

Early (possibly the first) edition, most probably first issue. RISM CC2028 I, 489 (ca. 10 copies, none in the U.S.). Price in Groschen (instead of Neugroschen) excludes any date after 1841.

Wolfgang Hochstein, in his article "Cherubini" in MGG 2, postulates that the Parisian edition by Pacini (1836; RISM CC2028 I, 490) is the first, dating the present edition at 1837; the edition was, however, announced in Hoffmeister's Monatsbericht for March 1836. Which of the two editions is the earlier remains open to debate.

"[In Cherubini's string quartets] the first violin dominates, almost invariably introducing the thematic material, but the other parts provide a harmonic foundation or, more often, participate in establishing and developing the theme. At times a high degree of virtuosity is demanded from all performers; the quartets are thus ostensibly to be played only by a professional ensemble... In Quartet no.1, his most popular quartet, movements are linked thematically and by emphasizing contrapuntal technique; its Scherzo is a ‘Spanish’ genre piece with refined texture and colourful instrumentation." Michael Fend in Grove Music Online. Item #25665

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