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Förster: Six String Quartets, Op. 21

Emanuel Aloys Förster
Six String Quartets, Op. 21
Edited by Nancy November
C102
Förster: Six String Quartets, Op. 21
Full Score (2016)
978-0-89579-834-3
9x12, xiv + 321 pp.

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C102P1
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$33.00

C102P2
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$26.00

C102P3
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$28.00

C102P4
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$28.00

C102P5
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$36.00

C102P6
Instrumental Part(s) (2016)
Set of 4 partbooks (vn. 1; vn. 2; va., vc.)
$36.00
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.
 
As shown in this new edition of Förster’s op. 21 (1803), Förster remained close to the overall design for string quartets that Haydn and Mozart had set, with some experiments in form and movement order in quartet no. 3. In other respects they present increasingly experimental writing. The harmonic innovations in quartet no. 4, for example, are especially striking; they require an excellent performing ensemble to render them effective. Förster also explored the special effects that are achievable by a string quartet, as in the Adagio con sordino from quartet no. 4. Hymnlike adagios that unfold in elaborate, ornamental lines also become increasingly prominent in op. 21, his final published set of string quartets.
 
Performance parts are available as separate purchases.
String Quartet No. 1 in C Major
  I. Allegro
 II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro
 
String Quartet No. 2 in D Minor
  I. Allegro vivace
 II. Andantino
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro
 
String Quartet No. 3 in A Major
  I. Andante; Allegro molto
 II. Menuetto: Allegretto
III. Adagio ma non troppo
IV. Allegro
 
String Quartet No. 4 in E-flat Major
  I. Allegro
 II. Adagio con sordino
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Allegretto
 
String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat Major
  I. Allegro vivace
 II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro
 
String Quartet No. 6 in E Minor
  I. Allegro molto
 II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro vivace
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