1) "Allegro assai" in 4/4 metre, C minor, 13 pages, paginated 1-13, one leaf inserted containing a revised ending
2) "Allegro vivace" in 3/4 metre, G minor, 10 pages, paginated 14-21, including a revised version of pp.18 & 19
3) three pages of pencil sketches, some on four-stave systems, in 3/8, 3/4 and 6/8 metres
24 pages, folio (c.35 x 27cm), 16-stave quartet paper, one gathering of five bifolia with an inserted leaf (pp.11/12) and bifolio (pp.18-21), 1888, lower margins affected by damp, some flaking in the second half of the manuscript, affecting text on the lowest stave
The pencil sketches at the end of the manuscript include music in 6/8, probably for the final "Agitato, Allegro" in 6/8 found in the BL manuscript. and the second movement. There is also material which Delius later used in the 'Scherzo' movement of the revised version of the 1916 String Quartet, [Threlfall VIII/8]. The alteration to the date over the opening, which originally read "1888-1891", may shed some light on the various references to string quartets from the following years [Threlfall, p.175; VIII/4]
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