This String Quartet, along with other chamber works by Onslow, is worthy of serious study alongside works of other composers of the period such as Beethoven. It has a lively and tuneful first movement, a beautiful theme and variations (including a florid variation with an exciting part for 1st Violin), a pretty minuet and trio and a rousing final movement. All instruments have interesting parts.
George Onslow, an Anglo-French composer, was born in Clermont-Ferrand in July 1784 and died there in October 1853. Three of his String Quintets and his Piano quintet are also published by SJ Music (Q1993-5, Q1991-1, Q1993-4 and Q2005-2).