Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung. Zweyte [-Dritter] Jahrgang

Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1799-1801.

2 volumes. Quarto. Attractively bound in modern quarter mid-tan calf with dark red morocco title labels gilt to spine, marbled boards. Each volume, published weekly, contains musical examples in text, folding plates of musical examples, and monthly Intelligenz-Blatt. Volume II includes a portrait of Schulze and Volume III of C.P.E. Bach.

Volume II
Zweyter Jahrgang vom 1. Oct. 1799 bis 24. Sept. 1800
With a fine early bust-length portrait of I.A.P. Schulze engraved by G.G. Endner in Leipzig in 1800 to title. 1f. (recto title, verso notes on contents), 896 columns. With numerous musical excerpts in text and 8 full-page plates (some folding) of musical examples by Haydn, Hoffmeister, Kunzer, Romberg, Schulz, Ungarische Nationaltänze, and Zumsteeg. With 4 full-page plates: "Eines neuen Instruments um harmonische Töne;" "Mozart und den Musen;" "Haendel's Denkmal in der Westmünster-Abtey[!];" "Orgelbau maas;" and 1 engraved diagram. Interleaved with 20 Intelligenzblätter in 86 columns in total. Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (1747-1800) was a German musician, best-known as the composer of the melody for Matthias Claudius's poems "Der Mond ist aufgegangen" and "Wir pflügen und wir streuen," and the Christmas carol "Ihr Kinderlein kommet."

Volume III
Dritter Jahrgang vom 1. Oct. 1800 bis 23. Sept. 1801
With a fine early bust-length portrait of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach engraved by J.F. Schröter to title.
1f. (recto title, verso notes on contents), 868 columns + 2ff. index + folding plate "Ankündigung Musikalischer Kunstwerke der strengen Schreibart." With numerous musical excerpts in text and 9 full-page plates (some folding) of musical examples by Cherubini, della Maria, Garat, Kraus, Martini, and Reichardt. With a full-page plate of a lyre. Interleaved with 14 Intelligenzblätter in 56 columns in total.

Of special note is the C.P.E. Bach portrait to title. Richards: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Portrait Collection I Catalogue, p. 219 (16). Also of interest is Nägeli's announcement of the first edition of J.S. Bach's Wohltemperierte Klavier (following column 368).

Some signs of wear including browning and occasional foxing; several instances of mispagination. Very good, crisp, wide-margined copies overall.

See Hirsch IV, 1134; Gregory Bartlett p. 12; Fellinger 1, pp. 53-54.

The Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung, founded and edited (until 1818) by Friedrich Rochlitz and published weekly, was the most important musical periodical of the early nineteenth century. "1798, the year the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung was founded in Leipzig, saw a new phase of development in the history of musical periodicals which continued until the end of World War I, characterized by its orientation towards the universal rather than the specialist journal. ... It represents the highest period of development in the 18th century and at the same time ushered in a new era in the history of musical periodicals. Its division – into (a) essays, (b) biographical information, (c) reviews, first of theoretical works and second of music, (d) descriptions of instruments, (e) news items, in and from letters, and (f) miscellaneous – became a model for future magazines. Friedrich Rochlitz, editor from 1798 to 1818, realized this plan in exemplary fashion: he raised the journal to a high intellectual level and founded its international reputation as the leading musical periodical. It was the first such journal to use an extensive panel of collaborators; no fewer than 130 can be identified in its first decade.

The AMZ offers unique insight into many of the most important musical figures of the day through contemporary accounts and anecdotes including relating to J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Weber, and many others. Its value to modern readers remains undiminished." Grove Music Online.

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