Vienne: Pierre Mechetti ci-devant Charles [PN 345], [1815 or later]. Folio. Disbound, with some leaves tipped-in. Violino primo:  (title), 2-19, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo:  (blank), 2-15, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola:  (blank), 2-17, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello:  (blank), 2-17, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Publisher's address to title: "im Michaelerhaus der k.k. Reitschule gegenüber No. 1221."
Early owner's dated signature, "G. Adensamer 20/8 1878," in pencil to title. Measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Minimally foxed and soiled; impression very slightly light in places. A very good copy overall.
First Edition. Frei-Hauenschild, p. 452. Weinmann, Mecchetti, p. 14. WorldCat (several copies, 5 of which are in the U.S.: at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Harvard University, the Harvard Musical Association, the University of Illinois, and the University of North Carolina. Unlike the first issue of Fesca's op. 1, all recorded copies of op. 2 carry the publisher's new address.
"Fesca’s reputation as a composer was based primarily on his string quartets and quintets. Between 1816 and 1826 he was the most frequently reviewed composer in this genre in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, and his works were highly regarded by Spohr, Nägeli and Rochlitz, among others. Weber based his ideas on progressive contemporary chamber music on Fesca’s quartets, since they combined the detailed accompaniment figuration and complex thematic development of the Classical string quartet with the harmonic richness and virtuosity demanded at that time. Also characteristic is his gentle and amiable style, though the quartets opp.7, 12 and 14 display the more extrovert manner of the quatuor concertant." Markus Frei-Hauenschild in Grove Music Online. Item #25697
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