6 Quartets, Op.8 (Bach, Johann Christian)

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Copyist George Christoph Balch
Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1770-85).
Misc. Notes Sächsische Landesbibliothek, Dresden (D-Dl): Mus.3374-Q-3
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Engraver La Haye: A. Stechwey
Publisher. Info. Amsterdam, S. Markordt. n.d.[1780].
Misc. Notes This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.
Ordering changed (W.B 54, 53, 51, 52, 56, 55)
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General Information

Work Title 6 Quartets
Alternative. Title Six quartettos for a german flute, violin, tenor and violoncello
Composer Bach, Johann Christian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.8 ; W.B 51-56 ; RISM A/I: B 308
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 quartets:
  1. Quartet in C major, W.B 51
    Allegro con spitito, Menuetto
  2. Quartet in D major, W.B 52
    Andante, Rondo Allegro
  3. Quartet in E-flat major, W.B 53
    Largo, Allegro con spirito
  4. Quartet in F major, W.B 54
    Allegro, Menuetto con variatione
  5. Quartet in G major, W.B 55
    Allegretto, Rondo Allegro
  6. Quartet in B-flat major, W.B 56
    Andante, Menuetto
First Publication. 1770 - London: Welcker
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Classical
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation flute (oboe, violin 1), violin (2), viola, cello (continuo)

Navigation etc.

  • Published for flute only (Welcker 1770, Hummel), oboe only (Sieber 1772), Markordt/Stechway edition has flute or violin on the title page, oboe or violin on the part, figured basso part. Stechwey edition published as Op.9, all others as Op.8.
  • The numbering of the Markordt/Stechwey edition is different from the numbering at the top of this page: Stechwey 1 = No.4, Stechwey 2 = No.3, Stechwey 3 = No.1, Stechwey 4 = No.2, Stechwey 5 = No.6, Stechwey 6 = No.5.
  • Grove Music lists flute, violin, viola, cello as the only option, and lists the publication date as 1772.
  • Since the RISM link (above) to the string quartet version of this states that is in someone else's hand, "George Christoph Balch", and since Grove Music does not list it, it is probably not Bach's instrumentation.