[Benton 307-312 (Op. 2)]. Six Quartetts for two Violins, a Tenor [i.e., viola] and Violoncello Opera II Prince 10s. 6d. [Parts]. Ignace PLEYEL.

[Benton 307-312 (Op. 2)]. Six Quartetts for two Violins, a Tenor [i.e., viola] and Violoncello Opera II Prince 10s. 6d. [Parts]

London: Longman and Broderip, [1787]. Folio. Modern wrappers with typed titling. Violino primo: [1] (title), 2-27, [i] (publisher's catalogue) pp.; Violino secondo: [1] (title), 2-7, [i] (blank) , 9-23, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola: [1] (title), 2-23, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello: 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 2-21, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Note "Pleyels Opera 2" printed to foot of final page of music of each part.

Header "(2)" in ink to all pages. Occasional notational corrections in ink.

Outer bifolium of all parts and second bifolium of Violoncello part reinforced at spine; tear to upper wrapper of Violino 2. part; crease to final two leaves of Violoncello part.

An early edition, published in the same year as the first. Benton 3094. BUC p. 794. RISM P3142 (1 copy only in the U.S., at the Library of Congress). An additional copy at the University of Iowa.

"The enormous popularity of Pleyel’s music during his lifetime is reflected in the testimony of contemporary journals and of early writers like Gerber and Fétis. The small town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, then still a whaling port, formed a Pleyel Society in 1822 ‘to chasten the taste of auditors’, according to a newspaper announcement. The most telling evidence of the appeal of his music lies in the thousands of manuscript copies that filled the shelves of archives, libraries, churches, castles and private homes and in the thousands of editions produced in Europe and North America. In quality the works vary greatly, although most show considerable facility and a thorough technical grounding. The earlier works in particular display thematic originality and ingenious developments that make them fresh and attractive. After about 1792 his talent seems to have diminished; his inventiveness waned and he occasionally succumbed to routine procedures." Rita Benton in Grove Music Online. Item #25865

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