1817 · Wien
Signature in brown ink to lower right corner of title; note in Danish in the same hand to foot of title: "Present af min Fader" ("a present from my father"). Occasional fingering in pencil; measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Slightly worn and soiled. A later edition. Weinmann: Senefelder-Steiner-Haslinger 1, p. 149. WorldCat (2 copies in the U.S., at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley).
"[A] French composer of English descent... Onslow's string quartets and quintets are the pinnacle of his output. His youthful quartets (opp.4, 8, 9, and 10) are notable for great flexibility of writing, exceptional rhythmic and melodic charm, and great vitality. Onslow achieves a personal synthesis of the various styles handed down from his predecessors: the 'quatuor concertant', deriving from the French tradition of the 18th century, the 'quatuor brilliant', in which the first violin is treated as a soloist, and the Viennese-style quartet, which he practised as a performer... Onslow's work was particularly successful in Germany and Austria throughout the first half of the 19th century, as the many editions of his works show." Viviane Niaux in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25803)