Beethoven, Ludwig van. (1770–1827)
QUATUOR / No. V. / de / van / L. van Beethoven, / arrangé / Pour le Piano-Forte / à quatre mains
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel. . First edition of arrangement for piano 4 hands.
Beethoven's string quartet no. 5 in A major, op. 18, no. 5, arranged for piano four hands. Oblong folio. 24.5 x 33 cm. Lithographed. [PN] 3221(odd pages only). Title; Music (2-35 pp.), blank. Scattered foxing throughout especially to early and late pages, light water stain to upper quarter of last 10 pages, closely trimmed along the upper edge without losses to music.
Beethoven published his first set of six quartets in 1801 and with them established himself firmly as the successor to Mozart and Haydn in the great school of Viennese quartets. His quartet no. 5 is a particularly clear homage to Mozart, modeled on his A major quartet KV 464 and based on the same four-movement structure, with a second movement scherzo and a third movement theme and variations. Yet his distinctive voice and exuberant imagination come through in the extended codas and strong dynamic and rhythmic contrasts which he adds into the traditional form. The work appears here as arranged byFr. Mockwitz. Kinsky-Halm: p. 44