Leipzig: Bureau de Musique de C.F. Peters [PN 2355], .
Folio. Disbound. Violino Primo: 1f. (title), 3-11, [i] (blank) pp.; Violino Secondo: 8 pp.; Viola: 8 pp.; Violoncello: 8 pp. Title lithographed, music engraved.
Slightly foxed; small publisher's handstamp to lower left corner of title of Violino primo part; "7" in contemporary manuscript in ink to upper right corner of title.
First Edition of this arrangement. Rare. Göthel p. 115. WorldCat (copies at UNC-Greensboro and the British Library).
"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.
The original op. 65 is the first of Spohr's four "double quartets," in D minor, written in 1823 and published in 1825 (Leipzig: Peters [PN 1831/1831II]). The arranger of the present version is not identified.
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