Collection of 8 middle-period string quartets in first edition. Louis SPOHR.
Collection of 8 middle-period string quartets in first edition

Collection of 8 middle-period string quartets in first edition

- [Op. 30]. Xtes Quartett für 2 Violinen, Viola und Violoncello... 30tes Werk. Preis ["f. 3" in pencil, erased]. [Parts]. Wien: S.A. Steiner und Comp. [PN S:u:C: 3017], [?after 1819]. Violino primo: [1] (title), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo: [1] (blank), 2-9, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola: [1] (blank), 2-9, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello: [1] (blank), 2-9, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
First Edition, issue unclear. WorldCat (5 copies in North America, at the University of Victoria, the Eastman School of Music, Harvard, Indiana, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. According to Weinmann: Senefelder-Steiner-Haslinger 1, p. 167, the first issue (November 1819) has a printed price of "2 fl. 30 x" to the title. Göthel, p. 51, reverses the chronology: "The price was omitted [from the first issue] and re-engraved in a later issue as '2 fl. 30x'." Since the (erased) manuscript price to the present copy exceeds the printed price, Weinmann's hypothesis of a later deletion of the printed price seems more likely. Copies with a printed price other than "2 fl. 30 x." have not been located. Op. 30, in A major, is now counted as Spohr's 8th string quartet (see MGG2). The confusing numbering results from the fact that two of the three op. 29 quartets are actually later than op. 30.

- [Op. 43]. Quatuor brillant [in E major] pour deux Violons, Alto et Violoncelle... Oeuv. 43. Pr. 1 Rthlr. 8 gr. [Parts]. Leipzig: Bureau de Musique de C.F. Peters [PN 1361], [February 1818]. Violino primo: [1] (title), 2-11, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo: [1] (blank), 2-8 pp.; Viola: [1] (blank), 2-8 pp.; Basso: [1] (blank), 2-7, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. With overpaste of B. Schott's Söhne, Mainz. Remnants of overpaste of manuscript music (?ossia) to p. 11 of Violino primo part. First Edition. Göthel p. 77 (with "[!]Oeuv 13." WorldCat (10 copies in North America). Spohr's 11th quartet, in E major, also counted as "Quatuor brillant no. 2."

- [Op. 45]. Trois Quatuors pour deux Violons, Viola et Violoncelle. Oe. 45. No. I...II...III. Pr. 1 Rth. 20 gr. [Parts]. Leipzig: Bureau de Musique de C.F. Peters [PNs 1487, 1489, 1490], [October 1819]. No. 1: Violino primo: [1] (title), 2-12 pp.; Violino secondo: [1] (blank), 2-9, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola: [1] (blank), 2-9, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello: [1] (blank), 2-9, [i] (blank) pp. No. 2: Violino primo: [1] (title), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo: [1] (blank), 2-11, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola: [1] (blank), 2-11, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello: 8 pp. No. 3: Violino primo: [1] (title), 2-14 pp.; Violino Secondo: [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.; Viola: [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.; Violoncello: [1] (blank), 2-10, [ii] (blank) pp. Engraved. All three title pages with overpaste of B. Schott's Söhne, Mainz. First Edition, probable first issue. Göthel p. 82. WorldCat (3 complete copies only in the U.S., at the Eastman School of Music, Harvard, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; copies of no. 2 at the Juilliard School, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Newberry Library, and Brigham Young; copies of no. 3 at the Newberry Library and Indiana. Spohr's 12th, 13th, and 14th quartets, in C major, E minor, and F minor respectively.

- [Op. 58]. Trois Quatuors pour deux Violons, Viola et Violoncelle Composés et Dédiés à Son Ami Guillaume Speyer à Offenbach... Oeuv. 58. No. [I...II...II]. Rthlr. 1.16 gr. [Parts]. Leipzig: Bureau de Musique de C.F. Peters [PN 1713, 1714, 1715], [February 1823]. No. 1: Violino primo: 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo: [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.; Viola: [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.; Violoncello: 7, [i] (blank) pp. No. 2: Violino primo: 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo: [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.; Viola: [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.; Violoncello: [1] (blank), 2-9, [i] (blank) pp. No. 3: Violino primo: [1] (title), [i] (blank), 3-15, [i] (blank) pp.; 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo: [1] (blank), 2-9, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola: [1] (blank), 2-10 pp.; Violoncello: 8 pp. Engraved. First Edition. Göthel p. 103. WorldCat (2 complete copies in the U.S., at the Newberry Library and the Harvard Association of Music; copies of no. 1 at Harvard, Indiana, and the Eastman School of Music; copies of no. 3 at the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Free Library of Philadelphia [the copies at Eastman and Juilliard are later issue with price in Neugroschen (after 1841); some other copies may be even later]). Spohr's 16th, 17th, and 18th quartets, in E-flat major, A minor, and G major respectively.

Folio. Early brown marbled boards with cut paper labels to upper with titling "No. 15" and part name in manuscript; contents and name "A. Forsboom" to label of Violino primo part.

Binding rubbed and slightly worn. Some minor dampstaining; occasional stains, soiling, and other minor defects. Quite good copies overall.

The Forsboom family was a dynasty of merchants in Frankfurt. "A. Forsboom" most probably refers to Anton Forsboom-Goldner (1794-1839), who was also a politician, noted for his interest in the arts.

"The largest portion of Spohr's chamber music was for strings alone, ranging from 19 unsurpassed duos for two violins to four masterly, and largely unemulated, double string quartets. These, together with the 36 string quartets (and several other works for the same combination), seven string quintets and the String Sextet of 1848, display a number of common features. Spohr's own mastery of the violin is evident in all of them, and their technical difficulties, together with the particular style of performance necessary to secure their full effect, may partly explain their infrequent performance. The quartets, especially, fall into two distinct categories: solo quartets in the tradition of Rode (often entitled Quatuor brillant), which are essentially violin concertos with string trio accompaniment, and true quartets where the interest is more evenly divided between the instruments." Clive Brown in Grove Music Online. Item #25987

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