Saint-Georges, Joseph Bologne de: Six Concertante Quartets (AE431) – sheet music


The performance material for this work is available for hire from our partner Schott Music.

Please use the search on the Zinfonia website to place your order.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to write to us using our contact form.


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

Product Code: AE431
Description: Six Concertante Quartets
Edited by: Allan Badley
Year of Publication: 2008
Instrumentation: 2vn va b
Binding: Score: Stapled/ Parts: Unbound
ISBN: 1-877369-69-1
ISMN: M-67451-235-0



The string quartet holds pride of place in Bologne de Saint-Georges instrumental works, with three sets of six works each. 

With neat but surely unintentional symmetry these quartets include his first and last instrumental works, the Six quatuors à cordes, Op.1, and the Six Quatuors concertans, Op.15.

The present quartets fall midway between these two publications. Composed in 1777 (according to Gabriel Banat, the best and most recent of Saint-Georges’ biographers) the Six Quartetto concertans were issued two years later in a breathtakingly inaccurate edition by Durieu in Paris.

Given the unusually high number of errors and inconsistencies in Durieu’s edition it seems most unlikely that Saint-Georges was involved in its preparation. No other edition of the quartets is known although a second printing of the set using the same plates was made ca 1782.

Quartet I in Bb major
Quartet II in G minor
Quartet III in C major
Quartet IV in F major
Quartet V in G major
Quartet VI in Bb major

Audio sample

CD Recording

Image of the Six Concertante Quartets CD

Score Preview (best viewed in full screen mode)