Saint-Georges, Joseph Bologne de: Six String Quartets, Op.1 (AE619) – sheet music


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Saint-Georges, Joseph Bologne de (1745-1799)

Product Code: AE619
Description: Six String Quartets, Op.1
Edited by: Allan Badley
Year of Publication: 2021
Instrumentation: 2 vn va vc
Binding: Score: Stapled / Parts: Unbound
Duration: 57 min(s)
ISBN: 978-988-8529-82-7 (print)
978-988-8529-83-4 (digital)
ISMN: 979-0-805700-87-8


The string quartet as a genre was still relatively new in Paris by the time these works were composed. During the 1760s quartets by a number of foreign composers – Haydn, foremost among them – had been issued by Parisian publishers, but these works had not exercised a great deal of influence on local composers. Only Gossec, Nicholas Capron and Pierre Vachon published quartets before the appearance of Saint-Georges’s Op.1 and their works – and, in a broader sense, French instrumental music in general – seem to have provided his model rather than the quartets of Haydn. The most obvious point of difference is their two-movement structure as opposed to the four-movement cycle that was typically adopted by Viennese composers. While this might be thought to mark the works out as being rather primitive, two-movement pairings were also common in that quintessentially French genre, the symphonie concertante of which Saint-Georges was to be an important early exponent.

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