1853 · Paris
Part names in French in blue crayon to head of first page of each string part.
Slightly worn and soiled; edges slightly frayed; several leaves detached; small binding hole to margins of two final leaves of Viola and all leaves of Violoncello parts. First French edition. Göthel p. 222. Devriès-Lesure II, p. 365.WorldCat (2 copies only, at Harvard and the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris). The first edition was published by Schuberth in Hamburg in 1846.
Spohr's second piano quintet, his only original essay for this combination of instruments: its predecessor, the quintet op. 53, is Spohr's own arrangement of his Quintet for piano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and horn, op. 52.
"In 1836 Spohr married... 28-year-old... Marianne [Pfeiffer], a gifted amateur pianist who stimulated him to compose a series of chamber works with piano, for which he had written little up to that time; these included the three duos concertants for violin and piano (1836-7), the five piano trios (1841-9), the Piano Quintet (1845) and the Septet (1853)." Clive Brown in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 25986)