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For the Quartettsatz see also David's handwritten copy of the 1st violin part from the Uppingham Collection. This copy, which contains copious performance markings, also contains the same rehearsal letters as his published Peters edition. It seems likely that it was from this MS copy that David gave the first performance of the piece at the Gewandhaus Chamber Concert on 14 Jan. 1871. On that occasion, however, it cannot have been used in conjunction with David's edition published by Peters, since this did not appear until later that year (it was announced in Hofmeister in January 1872). It may, however have been used in conjunction with parts from the Senff edition (edited by Brahms), which was published in December 1870, since there is a copy of the title page of that edition in the Uppingham Collection. The markings in the MS copy present a very different version of the piece from David's published edition, with many differences of slurring and dynamics as well as additional tempo markings and other changes that reveal the freedom with which David treated the text (see my annotations on the scan for details). David's MS copy may originally have been made, together with copies of the other parts, for a pre-publication private performance, since Brahms supplied Senff with Schubert's autograph, which he owned, and proposed in a letter of 11 April 1869 that he should have it played by Ferdinand David [Brahms Briefwechsel XIV, p. 170f].

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Note that the earliest Peters publication of this edition (plate no. 4761) is currently available for volume 2; volume 1 is given here from the re-issue (plate no. 7245) c. 1888.

Composer Franz Schubert
Work String Quartets (David)
Title Quatuors
Publisher C. F. Peters
City Leipzig
Date 1871 (November) [Source: Hofmeister - January 1872]
Publication Number
Instrumentation String Quartet – 2 Violins · 1 Viola · 1 Cello
Partly Recomposed No

Parts

Part Plate No. Medium Annotations Musical Text(s)
Title page 7245 Printed
Vl 1 4671 op. 161 Printed Printed
Vl 1 4671 op. post. D major Printed Printed
Vl 1 4671 op. post. G minor Printed Printed
Vl 1 4671 op. post. Q-satz Printed Printed
Vl 1 7245 op. 29 Printed Printed
Vl 1 7245 op. 125 no. 1 Printed Printed
Vl 1 7245 op. post D min Printed Printed
Vl 2 4671 op. 161 Printed Printed
Vl 2 4671 op. 168 Printed Printed
Vl 2 4671 op. post. D major Printed Printed
Vl 2 4671 op. post. G minor Printed Printed
Vl 2 4671 op. post. Q-satz Printed Printed
Vl 2 7245 op. 29 Printed Printed
Vl 2 7245 op. 125 no. 1 Printed Printed
vl 2 7245 op. post D min Printed Printed
Vla 4671 op. 161 Printed Printed
Vla 4671 op. 168 Printed Printed
Vla 4671 op. post. D major Printed Printed
Vla 4671 op. post. G minor Printed Printed
Vla 4671 op. post. Q-satz Printed Printed
Vla 7245 op. 29 Printed Printed
Vla 7245 op. 125 no. 1 Printed Printed
vla 7245 op. post D min Printed Printed
Vlc 4671 op. 161 Printed Printed
Vlc 4671 op. 168 Printed Printed
Vlc 4671 op. post. D major Printed Printed
Vlc 4671 op. post. G minor Printed Printed
Vlc 4671 op. post. Q-satz Printed Printed
Vlc 7245 op. 29 Printed Printed
Vlc 7245 op. 125 no. 1 Printed Printed
vlc 7245 op. post D min Printed Printed