1789 · Paris
With overpaste of Longman & Broderip, London, to title of Violino primo.
Numbers "46" to "51" in ink to head of first page of each quartet; flat added in pencil to m. 3 of Violino primo, p. 3.
Slightly browned; some offsetting and occasional smudging; some leaves closely trimmed at outer margin; Violino primo part crudely trimmed at lower inner corner; Violoncello part very slightly dampstained at upper margin; publisher's signature partially abraided. First Edition. RISM G5354 (3 copies only in the U.S., at the University of Michigan, Buffalo Public Library, and the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, PA). WorldCat (2 copies, at the University of Chicago and the Peabody Conservatory).
"A promising young composer, Gyrowetz... travelled to the principal music centres of Europe: Vienna, Italy, Paris, London, and then back to Vienna. During his first visit to Vienna, in either late 1785 or 1786, he made the acquaintance of Haydn, Dittersdorf, Albrechtsberger and Mozart; he developed a warm relationship with Mozart... During his last decades he was greatly admired by the younger generation, including Meyerbeer, who even assisted him financially. Gyrowetz served as a pall-bearer at Beethoven's funeral, and encouraged Chopin early in his career." Adrienne Simpson and Roger Hickman in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25701)