1819 · Leipzig
Measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Slightly browned and foxed; some leaves frayed at edges; outer leaves of Violino primo part completely, several other leaves partially detached; reinforcements to spine and other paper repairs. First Edition. Frei-Hauenschild, p. 483. WorldCat (4 copies only, at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, the Zentralbibliothek in Zurich, the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris, and the Newberry Library in Chicago; additional copies at the Sächsische Landesbibliothek in Dresden, the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, and Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan).
"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 #: 25698)