1813 · Vienne
Number "26" in red ink to title and head of each first page of music.
Browned; outer bifolia of all parts detached; lower outer corners of some leaves of Viola part lost, not affecting music; title leaf creased and frayed, with some loss to outer edge. First Edition of Spohr's 6th quartet, in G minor. Göthel p. 44. Weinmann: Mechetti, p. 6. WorldCat (no copies in the U.S.).
"The largest portion of Spohr's chamber music was for strings alone, ranging from 19 unsurpassed duos for two violins to four masterly, and largely unemulated, double string quartets. These, together with the 36 string quartets (and several other works for the same combination), seven string quintets and the String Sextet of 1848, display a number of common features. Spohr's own mastery of the violin is evident in all of them, and their technical difficulties, together with the particular style of performance necessary to secure their full effect, may partly explain their infrequent performance. The quartets, especially, fall into two distinct categories: solo quartets in the tradition of Rode (often entitled Quatuor brillant), which are essentially violin concertos with string trio accompaniment, and true quartets where the interest is more evenly divided between the instruments." Clive Brown in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25961)