1789 · Paris
Numbers "29" to "34" in ink to upper left corner of first page of each quartet.
Browned and foxed; lower half of title dampstained, apparently from removal of former overpaste, with imprint partially lost; upper margin closely trimmed with occasional loss of pagination; Violoncello part dampstained at outer margin. 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 additional 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 #: 25700)