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Förster: Six String Quartets, Op. 16

Emanuel Aloys Förster
Six String Quartets, Op. 16
Edited by Nancy November
C101
Förster: Six String Quartets, Op. 16
Full Score (2016)
978-0-89579-827-5
9x12, xv + 306 pp.

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C101P1
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$26.00

C101P2
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$30.00

C101P3
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$28.00

C101P4
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$28.00

C101P5
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$36.00

C101P6
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$33.00
Emanuel Aloys Förster (1748–1823) was among the most significant composers of Viennese chamber music at the turn of the nineteenth century. The three sets of six string quartets that he published are exemplary works in the genre at that time, fine examples of the intellectually and emotionally engaging nature of classical string quartets. Yet these works are not part of the standard chamber music repertoire, nor are they much discussed by musicologists, except in terms of the supposed “influence” between Förster and Beethoven. Thus our assessment of this important composer in general, and his contributions to Viennese string quartet culture around 1800 in particular, is hampered by a narrowness of vision.
 
This new edition of Förster’s op. 16 (1798) shows that, like Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, he found the string quartet to be an ideal medium for trying out new compositional experiments, novelties that would appeal especially to the connoisseur. These innovations include rich and varied use of imitation in sonata form movements, songful unfolding in the slow movements, and humorous use of register and articulation in minuet and trio movements.
 
Performance parts are available as separate purchases.
Six String Quartets, Op. 16
 
String Quartet No. 1 in D Major
  I. Allegro
 II. Andantino
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro
 
String Quartet No. 2 in B-flat Major
  I. Allegro vivace
 II. Poco adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro
 
String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major
  I. Allegro
 II. Andante grazioso
III. Menuetto: Poco allegretto
IV. Allegretto
 
String Quartet No. 4 in C Major
  I. Allegro vivace
 II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegretto
 
String Quartet No. 5 in F Minor
  I. Allegro
 II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro
 
String Quartet No. 6 in A Major
  I. Adagio; Allegro
 II. Menuetto: Moderato
III. Presto
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