My Favorite Sources
for Sheet Music
Copyright 1997-2005, 2007, 2009 by Ronald B. Standler
Table of Contents
- Retail Stores for Sheet Music
- Music Publishers in Germany/Austria
- Agents in the USA for German/Austrian Publishers
- Reprints of German Publishers
1. Retail Stores for Sheet Music
My favorite store for ordering printed classical music is:
Doblinger can be reached by telefax from the USA by dialing
011 - 43 - 1 - 515 - 0351.
- Musikhaus Doblinger
The largest classical music store in Zürich, Switzerland is
CH-8024 Zürich 1
A well-known store in the USA for classical sheet music was
Joseph Patelson Music House in New York City.
For many years, Patelson had no website, but they began a website in the year 2007.
Sadly, in April 2009, the Patelson Music House announced it was going out of business,
after 70 years across the street from Carnegie Hall,
unable to compete from free or cheap downloads from websites.
Frank Music Company in New York City.
Yesterday Service in Cambridge, Massachusetts
(across the river from Boston)
Hutchins & Rea music for Klavier or strings, in Atlanta, Georgia
Luck's Music Library sales and rental of orchestral music, in Michigan
2. Music Publishers in
There are three major publishers of classical instrumental music:
(1) Breitkopf & Härtel,
(2) Peters, and (3) Bärenreiter. Because my favorite composers —
J.S. Bach, Händel, Haydn, W.A. Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert —
are all from German-speaking countries, so also is the following list of music publishers.
Germany and Austria
Recently, Bärenreiter published new critical editions of the collected
works of J.S. Bach (1954-2007), Händel (1993-2007), W.A. Mozart (1956-2007),
and Schubert (1967-2007), amongst other composers.
Breitkopf & Härtel
During the years 1850 to 1900,
Breitkopf published the hardbound collected editions of all of the then
known works of J.S. Bach, Haydn, W.A. Mozart, Beethoven,
and Schubert, among others. These old volumes can be found in libraries
of universities with a music school.
- Breitkopf & Härtel
Henle publishes good editions of works for solo Klavier and chamber music.
- G. Henle Verlag
Forstenrieder Allee 122
- C.F. Peters Musikverlag
D-60596 Frankfurt am Main
Since the late-1950s, Schott publishes the well-known
miniature scores of orchestral compositions.
Universal Edition publishes the Wiener-Urtext editions
for solo Klavier, which include scholarly comments by musicologists who prepared the edition.
Urtext is actually a generic German word, and other music publishers (e.g., Bärenreiter, Henle, etc.)
also publish Urtext editions.
- Universal Edition AG
Universal Edition publishes the Philharmonia miniature scores.
3. Agents in the USA
European American Music Distributors, has an
office in New York City and is the agent in the USA for
sheet music publishers: Bärenreiter, Schott, Universal Edition, and others.
Breitkopf & Härtel
is distributed in the USA by G. Schirmer.
Henle is distributed in the USA by Hal Leonard.
has an office in New York City.
4. Reprints of German Publishers
Available Only in the USA
- Dover Publications has republished in inexpensive paperback volumes
some of the old editions
from either Breitkopf & Härtel or Peters.
Dover's Beethoven Symphonies is republished from the Litolff edition.
- Dover Publications, Inc.
31 East Second St.
Mineola, NY 11501
Dover online ordering
- Kalmus sells orchestral music in the USA:
- Edwin F. Kalmus, Inc.
P.O. Box 5011
Boca Raton, FL 33431-5011
During 1941-46, the U.S. Government seized copyrights
that belonged to German corporations or German citizens
and sold that property to American corporations or citizens.
Kalmus bought the rights
to publish and sell printed music that was originally published
by Breitkopf & Härtel and by C.F. Peters, amongst other German publishers.
Such "rights" are recognized only in the USA, which is why Kalmus
can only sell in the USA. I often ordered from Kalmus during 1969 to 1988,
because of their low prices, but stopped when I learned about the
U.S. Government's sale of German copyrights. I emphasize that
Kalmus behaved legally, and only took advantage of a business opportunity
offered by the U.S. Government. Any wrongfulness is solely the
responsibility of the U.S. Government, who appropriated private
property belonging to corporations and citizens of an enemy government.
In recent years, Kalmus has been publishing their own editions
of some music, which are not tainted by the incident with German copyrights.
This document is posted at
created 15 Feb 1997, revised 28 Nov 2009
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