|Incipit||of 1st movement.|
|Genre Categories||; ;; ; ;|
|Work Title||String Quartet|
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.||Op.17a|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1887-88|
|First Publication.||1890? - revised ca.1904?|
|Dedication||A.S.A.S. la Princesse Alice de Monaco, en témoignage de profond respect et de sincère reconnaissance.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||41 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Romantic|
|Instrumentation||2 violins, viola, cello|
Alternatively just opus 17, but many sources give opus 17a.
A Musical Times of 1911 mentions this as a new publication; however, there are reports of performances of the work as early as 1888. It is possible that the work was revised in the early 1900s (and given the new opus number 17a at that time) - I don't know. (Wikipedia listed it as "opus 17a, 1904" and I corrected this based on what I thought was several pieces of evidence at hand, but I may have been mistaken.)
The concluding rondo, unusually but of course not without precedent, instead of giving a triumphant major close to a minor-mode movement or to the work, is based in and is primarily in the major mode, but concludes in A minor.
Bellon, Ponscarme & cie. was acquired in 1906 so unless they continued to exist as an imprint, this was published before then. One library suggests 1890s; that seems reasonable.
Agreed- for publication date, or for date of composition of a revision if there was a revision. It was still performed in 1888, which is one of those 'interesting facts' to note when one claims a work was composed in 1904... so I had to admit to confusion. (Apologies for my tone, which is directed, if at anyone at all, at whoever compiled the very original worklist they were quoting from...) (Schissel)