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Berlin: A. M. Schlesinger (1810-1864)

The name actually refers to two different, but related, publishers. The original firm was founded in Berlin in April of 1810 by Adolph Martin Schlesinger (1769-1838). The German company was run by his third son Heinrich (1810-1879) after the eldest son Maurice (1798-1871) established his own firm in Paris (the second son, Carl, having died in 1831). Schlesinger soon established relationships with Spontini, Loewe, and Weber - who signed a contract for exclusive publication in 1814.

Shortly before his move to Paris, Maurice traveled to Vienna in order to establish contact with Beethoven. The trip was successful, resulting in Schlesinger's publication of Beethoven's Opp. 108-112, 132, and 135. Contracts were issued to the prodigy Felix Mendelssohn shortly later, which led to the first publication of J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion shortly after Mendelssohn conducted its revival in 1830. The Berlin firm's catalog consisted of over 2000 titles by 1836. Prominent publications of Heinrich's tenure (1840-1864) included works by Berlioz, Cornelius, Liszt plus an important series of posthumous issues of piano works by Chopin. The Berlin company was sold to Robert Lienau in 1864. Lienau continued to use the Schlesinger name and plate numbering system well into the 20th century.

Paris: M. Schlesinger (1821-1846)

The Paris firm was founded by Maurice Schlesinger no later than 1821. In 1822-23, Schlesinger published authentic (and first) editions of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, Opp. 110 and 111. Despite a disastrous fire which destroyed numerous manuscripts, including a number of Beethoven letters in 1826, Schlesinger managed to issue the composer's late string quartets, Opp. 130, 132, 133, and 135 in the next year. Complete editions of Beethoven's piano works, string trios, quartets and quintets were initiated by 1829. The 1820s also saw the publication of substantial amounts of piano music by other composers, including significant collections by Moscheles, Weber, and Hummel.

Works of Mendelssohn, Liszt and Berlioz were added in the next decade, along with a number significant opera publications including first editions of Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable and Les Huguenots, Halevy's La Juive, and Donizetti's La Favorite. Richard Wagner was employed by Schlesinger from 1840-1842 to make piano arrangements from La Favorite and Halevy's La Reine de Chypre. From 1835, Schlesinger also published the important periodical Revue et Gazette Musicale, which continued publication for 45 years.

The waning years of the 1830s and early 1840s saw the addition of works by Heller, Thalberg, Lanner, Labitsky and Johann Strauss Jr, along with some 40 works of Frederic Chopin, including many first editions. Maurice Schlesinger was reputed as being imaginative, reckless, hard-nosed in business and an infamous rogue. He was involved in legal disputes with other Parisian publishers such as Escudier (1839) and Troupenas (1841) and with the composer Gioacchino Rossini (1843). He sold the business, which had grown to some 4200 titles, in 1846 to Brandus et Cie. and retired to Germany a few years later.

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Plate Numbers

A. M . Schlesinger's publication (Berlin) plate numbers generally use the schema S. #### for numbering, while those of Maurice Schlesinger employ the M. S. #### schema. However, since the two firms jointly issued a number of titles, there are naturally exceptions to these rules (letter prefixes dropped, used partially, etc.).

A. M. Schlesinger - Berlin

Plate Number Composer Work Year
1086 Kreutzer 6 Lieder von Uhland, Op.23 (1821?)
S.1732 Weber Trio in G minor, Op.63 (arr. piano 4-hands by Jähns) 1833
S.1961 Taubert Piano Quartet No.1, Op.19 (parts) 1835
S.2095 Saint-Lubin String Quintet, Op.38 1837
S.2205 Taubert Bacchanale, Op.28 (pf4h arr.) 1838
S.2389 Prume 6 Grandes études, Op.2 1839
S.2542 Kullak Cavatine de Robert le Diable (1843)
S.2629 Lvov Le Duel Divertimanto, Op.8 (orch. and solo parts and piano accomp.) 1842
S.2631 Kullak Grande Sonate, Op.7 1842
S.3072 Taubert Tour de mazurka, Op.52 1844
S.3300 Liszt Elégie sur des motifs du Prince Louis Ferdinand de Prusse, S.168 (1851-52)
S.3302 Heller Scherzo Fantastique, Op.57 1846
3090 A. Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini, H 76 (arr. Bülow) (1854?)
S.3336 Alkan 25 Preludes in all Major and Minor Keys, Op.31 (1847)
S.3427 Liszt Grande paraphrase de la Marche de Donizetti pour le Sultan Abdul-Medjid Khan, S.403 (1848)
S.3457 Heller 2 Valses, Op.62 (1848)
S.3707 Henselt 2 Romances Russes de Soumarokoff, Op.22 1850
S.3786 Heller Fantaisie et Valse sur 'L'Enfant prodigue' d'Auber, Op.74 1851
S.3962 Heiser Das Grab auf der Haide, Op.30 (1st ed. vers. for alto/baritone) 1852
S.4189 Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, Op.37 (Cadensa by Adolf von Henselt) 1855
S.4392 Chopin Fantaisie-impromptu, Op.66 1855
S.4626 Beethoven Coriolan, Op.62 (arr. Henselt) (1848)
S.5219-5221 Kiel Suite, Op.28 1864
S.5575 Weber Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.11 (arr. for 2 pianos by Rudorff and Jansen) (1869)
S.6239 Vollweiler Piano Quartet, Op.43 1871
S.6744-45 Chopin Nocturnes, Op.32 (arr. Wilhelmj) (1872)
S.7286 Chopin Frédéric_Chopin:_Klavierwerke (Bk.1-Etudes) 1882
S.7287 Chopin Frédéric_Chopin:_Klavierwerke (Bk.2-Préludes) 1882
S.7288 Chopin Frédéric_Chopin:_Klavierwerke (Bk.3-Ballades) 1882
S.7289 Chopin Frédéric_Chopin:_Klavierwerke (Bk.4-Polonaises) 1880–81
S.7290 Chopin Frédéric_Chopin:_Klavierwerke (Bk.5-Nocturnes) 1881
S.7291 Chopin Frédéric_Chopin:_Klavierwerke (Bk.6-Waltzes) 1880
S.7293 Chopin Frédéric_Chopin:_Klavierwerke (Bk.8-Rondos) 1883
S.7294 Chopin Frédéric_Chopin:_Klavierwerke (Bk.9-Impromptus&Scherzos) 1881–1882
S.7399 Henselt Exercices Préparatoires pour le Piano (2nd edition) 1881
S.7988 Rudorff Symphony No.2, Op.40 (score) 1890
S.8742 Fuchs 7 Phantasiestücke, Op.57 (in two volumes) 1897
S.8883 Juon Violin Sonata No.1, Op.7 1898
S.8884 Juon String Quartet No.1, Op.5 (parts) 1898
S.9145 Juon Piano Trio, Op.17 1901
S.9183 Prohaska, C. String Quartet, Op.4 1902
S.9202 Juon Piano Sextet, Op.22 1902
S.9236(8) Godowsky Studies after Frederic Chopin (study based on Op.10 No.5) 1903
S.9236(26) Godowsky Studies after Frederic Chopin (study based on Op.25 No.2) 1903
S.9291 Juon String Quartet No.2, Op.29 1904
S.9324 Juon Kammersinfonie, Op.27 1905
S.9362 Juon Piano Quintet No.1, Op.33 1909
S.9385 Franck Ballade, Op.44 1906
S.9391 Andersen-Wingar Concert Piece, Op.23 1907
S.9412 Juon Mörtelweib's Tochter, Op.6 1907
S.9494 Letovsky Variations on an Original Theme, Op.2 1910
S.9498A Sibelius 8 Songs, Op.57 (lower voice) 1910
S.9498B Sibelius 8 Songs, Op.57 (higher voice) 1910
S.9585 Godowsky Piano Sonata 1911
S.9722 Juon Episodes Concertantes, Op.45 arr. for violin, cello and 2 pianos 1912
S.9806 Juon Divertimento, Op.51 1913
S.9964 Krohn Lieder und Gesänge, Op.13 - no.1: Gebet 1917
S.10021 Juon String Quartet No.3, Op.67 1921
S.10845 Juon Rhapsodische Sinfonie, Op.95 (full score) 1939

Maurice Schlesinger - Paris

Plate numbers are in the format of M.S. ####. Dates in italics are estimated.

Plate Number Composer Work Year
0099 Moscheles Grande sonate, Op.41 1823?
0666 Moscheles 50 Preludes, Op.73 1830
1214 Hiller Piano Trio No.1, Op.6 1832
1312 Chopin Variations on "Là ci darem la mano", Op.2 (Orchestral parts) 1833
1376 Chopin Grand duo concertant sur des thèmes de Robert le diable, B.70 1833
1574 Chopin Grande fantaisie sur des airs polonais, Op.13 (orch. parts) 1834
1926 Chopin Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, Op.22 (for solo piano) 1836
1941 Thalberg Fantasia on Meyerbeer's 'Robert le diable', Op.6 1836
2578 Döhler Fantaisie et variations de bravure sur une cavatine d'Anna Bolena', Op.17 1838
2647 Döhler Fantaisie sur des motifs favoris de 'Robert le diable', Op.6 1838
2691 Thalberg Scherzo, Op.31 1839
2713 Döhler 2 Nocturnes, Op.25 1838
2894 Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No.1, Op.45 (sc&pt?) 1839
2924 Döhler 3 Morceaux brillants de salon, Op.29 (No.2) 1839
3092 Döhler 2 Nocturnes, Op.25 1840
3212 Heller Scherzo, Op.24 1841
3503 Labarre Duo sur des motifs de 'La favorite', Op.111 1842
3796 Döhler Les plaintes d'un amant (vers.1) 1843
3858 Dreyschock La coupe, Op.25 1843
3958 Chopin Polonaise in A-flat major, Op.53 1844
4090 Thalberg Piano Sonata, Op.56 1845
4138 Thalberg Nocturne, Op.51bis 1845

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