Quartetto a 3 Violini con Violoncello

Composed by: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

In 1946, a manuscript of a 5-movement string quartet was uncovered in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, bearing the title “Quartetto a 3 Violini con Violoncello del Sigre Benjamin Francklin.” It was originally scored for 3 violins and ‘cello to be played in “scordatura” fashion – all on open strings, with specific string tunings indicated for each instrument. We adapt the piece for our octet.