Six Grand Quartettos for Two Violins a Tenor and Violoncello Obligato Compos'd by Federico Graff. [Parts]. Friedrich Hartmann GRAF.

Six Grand Quartettos for Two Violins a Tenor and Violoncello Obligato Compos'd by Federico Graff. [Parts]

London: J. Betz, [1780]. Folio. Disbound. Violino primo: 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino secondo: 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Viola: 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp.; Violoncello: 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 2-13, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Publisher's catalogue to foot of title.

"No. 6" in contemporary manuscript to each title.

Some show-through; occasional stains, including to title of Violoncello part.

First Edition. BUC p. 393. RISM G3361 (2 copies only, at the British Library and Harvard). The publisher's catalogue lists the six quartets by Jean-Baptiste Davaux (RISM D1129) as the first item, commonly dated "ca. 1780" but obviously preceding the present edition. Betz was in business only from about 1775 to about 1780 (Humphries and Smith p. 70).

A composer and flautist, "after joining a Dutch regiment [Graf] was wounded and captured, but returned from internment in England in 1759 to take up a career as a flautist... In 1772 he succeeded Johann Gottfried Seyfert as music director of the Protestant church and St Anna’s Gymnasium in Augsburg, where he organized the city’s amateur concert series from 1779 and wrote a number of oratorios, cantatas and instrumental music. In 1777 Mozart and the Augsburg piano manufacturer Stein visited him at his home for informal music-making." Adolf Layer in Grove Music Online. Item #27002

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