1817 · Leipzig
Publisher's round handstamp to foot, another round handstamp, partially illegible ("Vertrag..."), to lower right corner of title; blindstamp of Ewer & Co., London, to foot of title.
Measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Slightly soiled and frayed at edges. An uncut copy. First Edition. Frei-Hauenschild p. 469. WorldCat (ca. 12 copies, 3 of which are in the U.S., at the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Free Library in Philadelphia, and Indiana University in Bloomington.
"Fesca's reputation as a composer was based primarily on his string quartets and quintets. Between 1816 and 1826 he was the most frequently reviewed composer in this genre in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, and his works were highly regarded by Spohr, Nägeli and Rochlitz, among others. Weber based his ideas on progressive contemporary chamber music on Fesca's quartets, since they combined the detailed accompaniment figuration and complex thematic development of the Classical string quartet with the harmonic richness and virtuosity demanded at that time. Also characteristic is his gentle and amiable style, though the quartets opp.7, 12 and 14 display the more extrovert manner of the quatuor concertant." Markus Frei-Hauenschild in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25694)