6 String Quartets, Op.12 (Abel, Carl Friedrich)

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Publisher. Info. Berlin: J. J. Hummel, n.d. Plate 345.
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Quartet in A major, WK 68 (No.2)

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Quartet in A major, WK 68 (No.2)

For Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello

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Publisher. Info. Monteux: Musica Rara, 1960. Plate M.R. 1218.
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Misc. Notes Derived from the Musica Rara Edition, transposed to G-major
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Quartet in B major, WK 71 (No.5)

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General Information

Work Title 6 String Quartets
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Composer Abel, Carl Friedrich
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.12
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 quartets
  1. Quartet in C major, WK 67
  2. Quartet in A major, WK 68
  3. Quartet in F major, WK 69
  4. Quartet in D major, WK 70
  5. Quartet in B major, WK 71
  6. Quartet in G major, WK 72
First Publication. 1775
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Classical
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola, cello [see discussion]
Mss Sources Mss parts with cembalo, ca.1780 (D-B, Mus.ms. 250/10)
Mss parts, 1774. Quartet in D major, WK 70 (D-Bsa. SA 3546)
Mss parts, ca.1780, Quartet in B major, WK 71 (CZ-Pnm, XXII A 9)


Misc. Comments

  • In all six quartets of the Hummel edition, the first violin part is marked "Violino o Flauto Primo", but some movements doesn't fit in the range of the flute.
  • Erstdruck unter dem Titel "A Second Set of Six Quartettos for two Violins, a Tenor, and Violoncello Obligato. Composed by C.F. Abel Opus XII Printed for the Author ... by R. Bremner, London". No.1, No.2 and No.6 also for flute instead of violin 1. Remark for the 6 quartets in Berlin (Mus.ms 250/10): "Insgesamt 6 einzelne Quartette ohne Opuszahl. Die Manuskripte 1 u. 2 sind als Autographe anzusehen. Nr. 3-6 sind von unbekannter Handschrift." (W. Knape)
  • There is a version by Abel himself of the movements 1 and 3 of No.5 in BNF for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Violoncello.