Václav PichlString quartet in A major, Op. 13/I
String quartet in B flat major, Op. 13/II
String quartet in E flat major, Op. 13/III
Like so many of his compatriots, the Czech-born Václav Pichl (1741-1805) spent much of his working life in Vienna (where the Empress Maria Theresa, preferred him to Mozart), but with a period working for Dittersdorf (in what is now Rumania) and nearly twenty years spent in Milan.
He wrote 20 operas, over 100 sacred works including 30 masses, 89 symphonies, and a huge amount of chamber music. His compositions were performed at Eszterháza by Haydn, who had a set of Pichl's "new quartets" copied in 1780.