Paris: Chez Mr. Bailleux, [ca. 1775]. Folio. Disbound. 1f. (title),  ("Catalogue, De Musique Françoise et Italienne Vocale et Instrumentale... "), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
Printer's note ("Gravé par Mme. Annereau") and contemporary ownership signature in ink to lower margin of title.
Slightly browned; some soiling and staining, heavier to title; margins with minor foxing; small tear to blank inner margin of second leaf, not affecting text or music; price erased and replaced with contemporary manuscript "6"; right margin cropped with some loss to text of publisher's catalogue and imprint. Lacking 7 parts (Violins I and II, Viola, Basse, Oboes I and II, Cors I and II).
First Edition. Rare. Lesure p. 558 (2 copies at the Bibliotheque nationale). RISM S & SS 346 (2 copies, again at the BN). Johansson facsimile 5 (1775?). Devriès-Lesure I p. 19-20. Not in BUC or Devriès-Lesure I (Catalogues).
"Saint-Georges... excelled in all physical exercises, especially fencing. When still a student [he] beat Alexandre Picard, a fencing-master of Rouen, who had mocked him as 'La Boessiere's upstart mulatto'... Saint-Georges made his debut as solo violinist with the Amateurs in 1772, performing his first two violin concertos op. 2 to critical acclaim. These concertos reveal him to have been a prodigious virtuoso. The solo parts make extensive use of the highest positions and the composer revels in the possibilities of the newly invented Tourte bow, with bold, detache strokes and intricate batteries and bariolage. But virtuosity was not his principal aim. The slow movements of the concertos are songful and expressive, with occasional touches of Creole nostalgia... Between 1773 and 1779 he published most of his instrumental music, including two sets of string quartets (some of the first in Paris), a dozen violin concertos and at least 10 symphonies concertantes... In 1776 a proposal to make Saint-Georges music director of the Paris Opera was blocked by a quartet of its leading ladies, who petitioned Queen Marie Antoinette to spare them from 'degrading their honour and delicate conscience by having them submit to the orders of a mulatto'... Mme de Montesson, morganatic wife of the Duke of Orléans, engaged him as music director of her private theatre... In January 1781 the Amateurs were disbanded, owing to financial losses incurred during the American War of Independence. Soon after, Saint-Georges founded the Concert de la Loge Olympique... It was for this ensemble, at the behest of the Loge's grand-master, Baron d'Ogny, that Saint-Georges commissioned Haydn's Paris symphonies." Gabriel Banat in Grove Music Online. Item #26950
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