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[Op. 12]. A Second Sett of Six Quartettos for two Violins, a Tenor, and Violoncello Obligato... Op. XII. [Parts]
London Printed for the Author and Sold by R. Bremner [ca. 1775]. Folio. Disbound. All parts 1f. (title), [1] (blank), 2-13 pp. Engraved. With manuscript numbering to upper margins of titles. Titles slightly browned and soiled.. First Edition, second issue, with the spelling "Sett" instead of "Set." Knape nos. 67-72, p. 109. BUC p. 2. RISM A98 (no copies recorded in North America). "[Abel's] harmonic style is exceptionally rich and expressive. His melodies are often markedly instrumental in character, with broken chords, syncopation and appoggiaturas as common features; but he had a penchant for phrases of unusual lengths, and some of his music is refreshingly free from the two- and four-bar unit so common in the pre- Classical period. The slow movements usually have elegant, lyrical, highly ornamented melodies of considerable breadth; his finales are commonly in dance rhythm, often minuets (sometimes with variations but rarely with trios) or rondos. The result is a refined, urbane version of the Mannheim style with perhaps an Italian influence evident in the more vocal melodies and lighter moods. Burney remarked that his 'invention was not unbounded, and his exquisite taste and deep science prevented the admission of whatever was not highly polished'; he commented on a certain languor, and praised his harmony and 'selection of sounds' as models of perfection." Walter Knape et al in Grove online
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