1824 · Leipsic
Small round publisher's handstamp and handstamp of Joh. Hoffmann, Prague, to foot of title.
Measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
All parts reinforced at spine. Browned and slightly soiled and foxed; occasional very minor dampstains; edges slightly frayed; title of Violino I part detached; minor stains to final blank page of Alto-Viola part. An early edition, published within months of the first. WorldCat ( no copies in North America). According to both Grove Music Online and MGG 2, the work is for two violins, viola, and two violoncellos (one of which may be replaced with another viola); both the present edition and the presumed first edition by Pleyel, Paris (PN 1631), however, include a double bass.
"Alto-Violoncello" is the replacement part mentioned in the "N.B." to the title.
"[A] French composer of English descent... Onslow's string quartets and quintets are the pinnacle of his output... The string quintets were composed for an interesting diversity of ensembles... 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." Viviane Niaux in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25806)