1818 · Offenbach sur le Mein
Previous owner's handstamp and signature to verso of title of Violino primo and to p. 2 of other parts; measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Some soiling; slight offsetting; title of Violino primo, final blank page of Violoncello, and some edges browned; red smudge across title of Violino primo; paper strip laid down to inner edge of final blank page of Violino secondo. A later edition. Constapel p. 229. Twyman pp. 210-11 (with illustration). WorldCat (2 copies only, 1 in the U.S., at Indiana University).
The present quartet is not to be confused with the F-major quartet also published under the opus number 11 by Hoffmeister & Kühnel, in 1805.
"A [French] violinist and composer... Rode had a short but brilliant career. As one of the great virtuosos of his time he... was celebrated in all European capitals (except London)... Rode's compositions are almost exclusively devoted to his instrument... As Rode was closely attached to the string quartets of Haydn and Mozart as a performer, he also practiced the genre as a composer and wrote attractive works, which, however, are clearly in the French tradition of the Quatuor brillant, as the first violin dominates and the other strings only accompany." Manuela Jahrmärker in MGG2. (Inventory #: 25890)