1830 · Leipzig
In early folder with manuscript label in German. Early owner's signature to title. Occasional notational corrections in ink, pencil, and red crayon; measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Light to moderate foxing. An early edition, published almost simulaneously with the first (by Pleyel, Paris). Dated according to IMSLP (plate number of the present edition listed). WorldCat (no copies in the U.S.).
The "Alto Violoncello" part is a viola part intended to replace the Violoncello 1mo part if necessary.
"[A] French composer of English descent... Onslow's string quartets and quintets are the pinnacle of his output... Like the quartets, these quintets bear witness to the richness of Onslow's musical development, which departs from Classicism and embraces a style of composition in which a surprising anticipation of the language of Brahms is apparent. Some of these quintets must undeniably be placed among the great masterpieces of 19th-century chamber music... During the summer of 1829 he had a near-fatal accident when out shooting. While convalescing, he composed the last three movements of a quintet he had begun before the accident. This quintet, op.38, known as 'De la balle' or 'The bullet', was to become the composer's iconic work." Viviane Niaux in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25798)