1824 · Vienne
Slightly foxed; edges and spine of Violino 1mo. reinforced with paper tape and with paper repairs, one of them covering price list to title; edges of Violino 2do. dampstained and slightly frayed. Probable First Edition. Weinmann: Cappi / Cappi & Diabelli, p. 130. WorldCat (2 copies, at the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris and the Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt, both with the same imprint as the present copy. The plate number with its abbreviation "D. et C." for "Diabelli and Cappi" indicates that the edition was engraved before Cappi's retirement, but no copies with the "Cappi & Diabelli" imprint have come to light; Weinmann (op. cit.) also cites the imprint without Cappi's name.
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 #: 25902)