Was Carl Friedrich Abel the last gambist? Probably not, because he died in 1787, whereas these virtuoso variations were not written until after 1840. They are now in the Maltzan Collection in the University Library in Poznan, from which we have already published numerous gamba works of the 18th century. Hermann Gustav Jaeschke, born in Breslau in 1818, was a blind violin virtuoso who was apparently supported by the Silesian Maltzan family at a young age. His variations on a theme from a French opera, which was first performed in Germany in a second version by Carl Maria von Weber in 1817, are genuine 19th century compositions that bear all the characteristics of Romanticism.
Editor: Günter von Zadow.