1796 · Vienna
Separate blank leaf between Violino primo and Violino secondo; measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Some soiling and offsetting; dampstained at upper inner corner; outer bifolium of Violino primo part torn, partially detached, and creased, with slight loss, not affecting music; Viola part lacking and supplied in photocopy of the copy at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich. First Edition. Weinmann, Artaria, p. 44. RISM G5368 (one copy only in the U.S., at the New York Public Library). WorldCat (an additional copy at Indiana University).
"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 #: 25702)