Bonn: N. Simrock [PN 3045], 1833. Folio. Unbound.
Violino 1mo:  (title), 2-13, [i] (blank)
Violino 2do: 11, [i] (blank)
Viola 1ma: 11, [i] (blank)
Viola 2da: 11, [i] (blank)
Violoncello: 11, [i] (blank) pp.
Slightly worn and browned; binder's hole to upper inner marin; early manuscript initial "A" and the number "5" to first page of music of each part.
First Edition. Scarce. Wehner p. 275. Catalogue of the Mendelssohn papers III, 634. Hoboken 10, 144.
"One of the most gifted and versatile prodigies, Mendelssohn stood at the forefront of German music during the 1830s and 40s, as conductor, pianist, organist and, above all, composer. His musical style, fully developed before he was 20, drew upon a variety of influences, including the complex chromatic counterpoint of Bach, the formal clarity and gracefulness of Mozart and the dramatic power of Beethoven and Weber..."
"Of the two string quintets the first, op. 18 in A, begins with a graceful Mozartian theme somewhat reminiscent of the Clarinet Quintet K581. The use of fugal writing and, in the original minuet, intricate double canons, imbued the first version of this work with a severely academic quality; in 1832, Mendelssohn replaced the minuet with the emotionally charged Intermezzo in memory of Eduard Ritez." R. Larry Todd in Grove Music Online. Item #29636
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