1840 · Leipzig
Blindstamp of "Kunst- und Musik-Handlung E. Ebner Stuttgart" to foot of title. Measure numbers added in pencil in a modern hand throughout.
Some foxing and browning; somewhat crude tape repair to title; tape reinforcement to spine of Violino Primo and Violoncello parts. First Edition, later issue. Göthel p. 108. The blindstamp is from after 1863, when E. Ebner took over the business from his father Georg Ebner (1784-1863). First published in October of 1823.
Spohr's 15th quartet, in B minor, also regarded as "Quatuor brillant no. 3."
"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 M.O. (Inventory #: 25985)