Heugel/Dating

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Heugel publications must be dated with precaution.

  1. Before 1863, different systems are used (Table 1 - is presented in columns 1 2 3 4 only for visual clarity, but I (Squin) don't know exactly their meanings).
  2. Between mid-1863 and 1896, two serial numbers are used - one for vocal scores and the other one for piano scores (Table 2)
  3. After 1896 (plate 10000 in piano serial numbers), the two series were unified. According to me (Squin), it might be because Heugel added the numbers of those two series (10000 for piano + 8500 for voice): so in 1897, the new serial numbers start with 18500 (Table 3). But Massenetique notes also : The large jump in numbers between 1895 and 1896 was probably the result of the purchase of the Hartmann catalogue, which was initiated in 1891.
  4. Sometimes certain numbers are reserved for composers or special editions. A few non-exhaustive examples : Offenbach's "Barbe-bleue" (4477-4488) & "La belle Hélène" (4489-4498) ; Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera" (5357-5412) between 1882 & 1899 ; Delibes's "Le roi l'a dit" (5341-5352) between 1882 & 1907 ; Massenet's "Hérodiade" (7095-7121) between 1891 & 1921.
- Year - Plates 1 Plates 2 Plates 3 Plates 4
1844 288-369
1849 859-865 1182-1199
1850 793-794 889-918 1138
1852 1537-1555
1853 1592-1632
1854 1620
1855 87 1205 1780 2026
1856 1932 2222-?
1857 2043-2172 2396-?
1858 2236-2290 2756
1859 2350,2362,2447
1860 2528,2608 331?
1861 736 2045 2661,2724-2733 3450-3495
1862 1512,1625 2779-2844 2779-2844
1863 1449,1975

During year 1863, two different systems (vocal or piano) are created with coexisting numbers :

- Year - Vocal serie numbers Piano Serie numbers Comments
1863 2910-3002 1460-1502 & 3852-4116
1864 3003-3102 4104-4225
1865 3138-3243 4226-4491
1866 3244-3440 4361-4382 & 4514-4635
1867 3418-3566 4363-4798 *1)
1868 3567-3743 4406-4463 & 4801-4949
1869 3741-3918 5209-5231
1870 3919-3996 5213-5292
1871 3991-4047 5293-5332
1872 4010-4172 5327-5398
1873 4164-4381 5343-5551
1874 4382-4503 5532-5539 & 5552-5713
1875 4504-4675 5714-5964
1876 4655-4742 5965-6128
1877 4720-4839 6129-6335
1878 4840-4986 6384-6571
1879 4987-5027 6527-6683 *2)
1880 5019-5221 6684-6849
1881 5222-5320 6851-7153
1882 5321-5624 7154-7551 *3)
1883 5605-5772 7552-7775
1884 5773-5938 7776-7995
1885 5941-6144 7996-8162
1886 6145-6325 8163-8286 *4)
1887 6326-6418 8287-8396
1888 6434-6557 8397-8510 *5)
1889 6559-6649 8511-8648
1890 6642-6809 8649-8790
1891 6810-7247 8791-8966
1892 7217-7691 8967-9370
1893 7692-7918 9371-9552
1894 7919-8132 9553-9780 *6)
1895 8133-8349 9781-9949
1896 8351-8386 9950-10000, 18387-18436
  • 1) special numbers for serie "Ecole concertante" (piano serie)
  • 2) special numbers reserved for Nadaud from No.3863 & after (vocal serie)
  • 3) special numbers reserved for Verdi and Delibes (vocal serie)
  • 4) No.6321 used year 1924 for "La ruche musicale"(vocal serie)
  • 5) No.6931-6935 & 7065 : special numbers reserved (vocal serie) (were they used ? for what ?)
  • 6) No.8114 used for Massenet's Grisélidis in 1901.

After 1896, vocal & piano series are unified :

- Year - plate numbers Comments
1897 18551-18999
1898 19000-19584
1899 19585-20040
1900 20041-20418
1901 20419-20877
1902 20878-21318
1903 21319-21768
1904 21769-22078 with numbers reserved for Paderewski & Hahn
1905 22170-22569
1906 22570-23179
1907 23180-23659
1908 23662-24038
1909 24020-24461
1910 24462-24974
1911 24968-25347
1912 25348-25760
1913 25761-26250
1914 26290-26589

Sources Consulted

DEVRIES Anik & LESURE François : Dictionnaire des éditeurs de musique français - Vol.3 "De 1820 à 1914", Genève: Minkoff, 1979-1988.

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