Friedrich Fesca

Friedrich Fesca (1789-1826)

Nationality: German
Born: February 15, 1789, Magdeburg Died: May 24, 1826, Karlsruhe (age 37)

String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major, Op. 1, No. 3

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
6:15 I. Allegro
6:51 II. Andantino
4:26 III. Poco Presto - Trio
7:36 IV. Rondo
Duration: 26 minutes (approximately)
Published: 1815 (age 25-26)
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IV. Rondo
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Friedrich Ernst Fesca Friedrich Ernst Fesca (1789-1826) was born in the German town of Magdeburg. He studied piano and violin with several different teachers, including for a short time Ludwig Spohr. By age 16 had already obtained a position as a violinist in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Not long after, he was employed as solo violinist to the Court of Jerome Bonaparte, at that time, King of Westphalia. After this he lived for a while in Vienna where he befriended the famous violinist, Ignaz Schuppanzigh, first violinist of the famous Beethoven Razumovsky String Quartet. His final years were spent working in Karlsruhe along with fellow composer Franz Danzi. He composed in nearly every genre from opera to solo piano works, however, the bulk of his out put was chamber music. Carl Maria von Weber, writing of Fesca’s chamber music, had this to say. “Mr. Fesca is completely master of whatever he undertakes to express. I am fully convinced of his remarkable talent. His works are carefully written, thoroughly elaborated and richly flavored." Spohr, upon hearing a performance of one of the Op.1 string quartets called it a fine work full of talent.

String Quartet No.3 in B flat Major, Op.1 No.3 is the last of a set of three which appeared in 1806, It begins with a genial, tuneful Allegro. This is followed by a sweet Andantino. In third place is a Poco presto which starts off rather calmly but excitement quickly arrives. The finale, Rondo, is pleasant and charming conclusion. Fesca’s tuneful works were popular through out most of the first half of the 19th century, but like so many other good pieces disappeared for no real discernible reason. We are pleased to reintroduce an early quartet which certainly makes an excellent alternative to the inevitable Haydn or Mozart.

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Born: March 22, 1820, Karlsruhe Died: February 22, 1849, Brunswick (age 28)