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J. Haydn: String quartet, Hob 3, 75-77 (Artaria)

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Fama, goddess of fame, crowns the composer's head with laurel. The cherub presents a composition - here by Haydn in a first edition of 1799. Cherubs playing music, muses and instruments, representing the arts and sciences, are often to be found on title-pages around 1800. This delicate title-page was created by Sebastian Mansfeld, from a family of Bohemian copper-plate engravers. It was also used for the string quartets which appeared as Opus 76, which explains the gap after the word "Oeuvre" - this was to be filled in by hand.