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Six Sonatas for two violins, or a German Flute and Violin, with a thorough bass for the Harpsichord, dedicated to the Earl of Aschburnham &c. Opera III

Abel (Charles Frederick).    Printed for the author,  [1762] First Edition  Three volumes 4to Contemporary smooth red calf, covers elaborately scrolled gilt, with gilt device stamped inwards at each corner, raised bands, decorated gilt in compartments, extremities and hinges worn, with exposure to cords; engraved throughout, with some light browning and offsetting; all edges gilt, marbled endpapers   Scores for First, Second & Bass violins. Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787) was a composer of the Classical era. Around 1759, Abel emigrated to England and became chamber-musician to Queen Charlotte, in 1764. It is possible that it is at such a private recital, that he came to the attention of Lord Ashburnham (John, 2nd Earl of Ashburnham), to whom these copies are dedicated and presented: " I should never have presumed to think the following trifles an offering worthy of being laid at ye feet, had not the satisfaction which your Lordship was pleased to testify, when I had the Honour of performing some of them before you stampt a degree of merit upon them, greatly superiour to their original value; and made me hope that you would not disdain to patronice in public, what in private you had condescended to approve' (dedication leaf).In 1762, Johann Christian Bach, the eleventh son of J.S. Bach, joined him in London, and the friendship between him and Abel led to the establishment of the famous Bach-Abel concerts, England's first subscription concerts. 

Price: £750



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