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Quatuor pour deux Violons, Viola et Violoncelle composé et dédié à Son Altesse la Prince regnant de Lobkowitz Duc de Raudnitz . Oeuv. 74 - Propriété des Editeurs - Pr. 1 Thlr.8Gr. ("Harp-Quartet")
Leipsic, Chez Breitkopf & Härtel (c. 1830?). Set of parts. - Folio. Title, (1) p. (blank), pp. 3-11, (1) p. (blank); 7 pp. (1) p. (blank); 7 pp. (1) p. (blank); 7 pp. (1) p. (blank). Engraved title and music (pl.-no. 1609). Kinsi/Halm record only 1 title too. Sewn, no binding; in modern cassette. Later issue of the first German edition (new price, corrections on the plates); the first edition of the full score appeared in 1833. The "Harp Quartet" – this term was not derived by any composer and refers to the Pizzicati in the initial phase -, was written in 1809 and is often seen as the, result of Beethoven's intensive preoccupation with Albrechtsberger's theory on counter point. His former teacher had died in 1809, as had Haydn, and now Beethoven remained as the most important representative of the German-Austrian music tradition. Subsequently he devoted his time intensively with the works of his predecessors, and the "heroic" gestures were replaced by a more tranquil-lyrical tenor. This phase in Beethoven's work begins with op. 74. "The string quartet in Es-Dur op. 74 is seen as a simple and conservative piece of music. However, it does mark a turning point in Beethoven's work and carries the seeds of something new within. Therefore, one could also go so far as to call it prophetic" (Caeyers p. 445). Parts for viola and violoncello with slim margins. Publisher's stamp on title. Green fore-edges. Slightly browned throughout and in places finger-stained. Old handwritten pagination relating to an old "sammelband". BHB C 240/11,4; cf. Kinsky/Halm p. 198.
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