Carlos de Ordoñez, of remote Spanish descent, was a Viennese composer who worked as a civil servant and amateur violinist. Despite this, he composed at least 27 string quartets in which he demonstrates a skilful handling of counterpoint and is testimony to the fact that, apart from Haydn and Mozart, there were many outstanding composers who contributed to the growth of the genre. The Francisco de Goya Quartet gave the first modern-day performance of his String Quartet in G minor, whose second movement is a “Fugue”, instead of the usual slow movement.
Gaetano Brunetti (1734-1786) arrived in Madrid around 1760, and from then on remained at the service of Charles IV. His quartets, the majority of which are unpublished, incorporate Italian and German influences and made a very important contribution to the growth of the genre. The central movement of his String Quartet in F Major L 186, which the Francisco de Goya Quartet performed for the first time in modern times, is an “Andantino grazioso” of a cantabile nature that is based in the subdominant key (B flat major).