1834 · Offenbach s/m: Jean AndrÃ©... Paris: Simon Richault
All three quartets continuously paginated and without intervening title pages or blanks.
Signature, "M. Lohman," in pencil to upper right corner of title of Violino primo part.
Slightly worn; occasional small tears; title of Violino primo part partially detached and frayed at spine; pp. 17-18 of Violino secondo part and pp. 15-16 of Viola part guarded and frayed at outer edge; lower outer corner of Viola and Violoncello parts stained. First Edition of Spohr's 27th, 28th, and 29th quartets, in D minor, A-flat major, and B minor respectively. Göthel p. 141. Constapel p. 314. WorldCat (4 copies in the U.S., at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard,Harvard, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
"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 #: 25974)