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String Quartets, Volume 1: The 10 Famous Quartets

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

String quartet (2 violins, viola, cello) - Difficulty: medium
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). String Quartets. Classical Period. Set of performance parts (parts only, score not included). With thematic index and introductory text. 280 pages. Edition Peters #EP16. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP16).

Item Number: PE.EP16

ISBN 9790300700014. 9x12 inches.

Contents -- 6 Quartets dedicated to Haydn: K387 in G (1782) - K421 in d (1783) - K428 in Eb (1783) - K458 in Bb/Hunt (1784) - K464 in A (1785) - K465 in C/Dissonant (1785) - K499 in D/Hoffmeister (1786) - King of Prussia Quartets (the King of Prussia, for whom Mozart wrote these quartets, was a cellist of no mean ability, if one may judge by these three works, whose cello parts are both elaborate and demanding, often soaring into the extreme upper range, leaving the viola to fill in temporarily as bass instrument!): K575 in D (1789) - K589 in Bb (1790) - K590 in F (1790)

2 Violins, Viola, Violoncello (set of parts).

  • Quartet #1, K. 387  G Major
  • Quartet #2, K. 421  D Minor
  • Quartet #3, K. 428  Eb Major
  • Quartet #4, K. 458  Bb Major
  • Quartet #5, K. 464  A Major
  • Quartet #6, K. 465  C Major
  • Quartet #7, K. 499  D Major
  • Quartet #8, K. 575  D Major
  • Quartet #9, K. 589  Bb Major
  • Quartet #10, K. 590  F Major

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  • May 21, 2011 Masterpieces

    There is little point in writing a review on quartets such as these. They are masterpieces of music and allow the player to follow the development of this musical form. What is really remarkable is the extraordinary quality of the edition and the clarity of its impression. The parts are...

    separable, as usual, but in this case, the weght and texture of the paper allow an easy placing on the different music stands. They are a very recent purchase so I am unable to tell how they wear with frequent use.

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  • 5

    Carl Myers
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  • May 23, 2006 Great Gig Music

    My quartet in college used this edition for gigs, we had hours of music with just Volume 1 and 2 of this. We could practically sightread many pieces from it - and seeing the people light up when we'd hit a recognizable number was worth it (many of these quartets...

    are clearly recognizable by most from movies and so on... and of course, Volume 2 has Eine Klein Nachtmusk, perhaps the most recognizable quartet ever written...)

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