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Muzgiz (in Russian: Музгиз), or Gosudarstvennoye Muzykal'noye Izdatelstvo (Государственное музыкальное издательство), was the Soviet State Music Publishing House that incorporated P. Jurgenson following a decree by V. I. Lenin. After nationalization in 1918 the firm was known by the acronym Gosmuzizdat (Госмузиздат), becoming Gosizdat Muzsektor (Госиздат Музсектор) in 1922, and Muzgiz in 1930. From 1964 to 2006 it was known as Muzyka (Музыка).

In addition to the Moscow facility, branch offices operated in other Soviet cities, notably Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Kiev. From 1918 until the 1930s, the State enterprise frequently reprinted items that had been first issued by Russian publishers Jurgenson, Belaieff, Gutheil and others, often retaining the original plate numbers. The Soviet Composers Union established its own publishing enterprise, Sovetsky kompozitor (Советский композитор), in 1956 to publish new works due to the heavy production schedule at Muzgiz, whose resources were then directed towsrds the complete editions of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Glinka, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and numerous folk-music projects. Sovetsky kompozitor was later incorporated into Muzgiz as part of the 1964 reorganization, but regained its semi-independence three years later because of continuing delays.

Several Muzgiz publications were issued simultaneously by Western publishers, such as Universal Edition and Oxford University Press, begining in the late 1920s as a result of the New Economic Plan. A significant number of complete editions by Muzgiz and Muzgiz are now in the public domain, and many western publishing houses have issued them in reprint editions. Works of Soviet-era composers like Sergey Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich were acquired by the Wise Music Group in the great sell-off of the 1990s and are issued under the name of G. Schirmer, Moscow.

Muzgiz continued to exist as a state-owned company until 2004, when it was privatised and reverted to its original name of P. Jurgenson [1].

Collected Editions

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies

  • Госмузиздат = Gosmuzizdat (1918-1922)
  • Госиздат Музсектор = Gosizdat Muzsekor (1922-1930)
  • Музгиз or Государственное музыкальное издательство = Muzgiz or Gosudarstvennoye Muzykal'noye Izdatelstvo (1930-1963)
  • Музыка = Muzyka (1964-2006)

Special case?

  • Vsesoiuznoe Obshchestvo Kul'turnoi Sviazi s zagranitsei (VOKS) - not an imprint of Muzgiz, but rather see e.g. Wikipedia; reissued a number of Muzgiz publications however under their own imprint. So for instance Myaskovsky's symphony no.16 was issued by Muzgiz in 1939, and by VOKS in 1947 (same score, same plate, but libraries list these differently, e.g.-
Moskva, Iskusstvo, Edition de l'Art de l'URSS, 1939. (New York Public Library)
Москва : Voks, 1947. (Bibliothèque Nationale de la France)

Plate Numbers

The plate imprints are often in the form of M. ##### Г. (usually transliterated by western music librarians as M. ##### G.), earlier publications bear Г.M. #### И.M. (G.M. #### I.M.) as imprint. This numbering system was abandoned with the name change to Muzyka in 1964 (see below). Titles are frequently printed in two columns, the left column translated into German, French or English with the right column containing the Russian title.

Muzgiz issues to 1964

In the form of Г.M. #### И.M. (number only listed here)

Plate Composer Work Year
00009 Lourié Menuet after Gluck 1918
00020 Lourié Synthèses 1920
00153 Prokofiev Piano Sonata No.4, Op.29 1926
00154-57 Aleksandrov A Long-Forgotten Madness, Op.6 1922
00158 Aleksandrov Poëme, Op.9 1922
00200 Walaschek Etude en Octaves 1919
00234 Krein Poème, Op.16 1924
00235-36 Krein 2 Mazurkas, Op.19 1922
00237-39 Krein 3 Mazurkas, Op.15 1922
00241 Catoire Piano Quartet, Op.31 (sc&pts) 1921
00244 Krein Poëme de la douceur, Op.18 No.2 1922
01040 Vaulin Preludio con Fuga 1921
01053 Walaschek Cagliostro-Valse 1922
01085-86 Yevseyev 2 Preludes, Op.3 1922
01093 Yevseyev Poeme, Op.5 1922
01208 Bekman-Shcherbina Bunny 1921
01403-04 Aleksandrov 2 Pieces, Op.3 1922
01405 Aleksandrov Sonata-Skazka 1922
01446 Myaskovsky Piano Sonata No.3, Op.19 1924
01698 Pavlov Sonate Heroique, Op.5 1923
01811 Feinberg Fantasie No.1, Op.5 1922
01812 Feinberg Fantasie No.2, Op.9 1922
01813-16 Feinberg 4 Preludes, Op.8 1922
01817 Aleksandrov Piano Sonata No.2 1925
01903 Yevseyev Piano Sonata No.1, Op.2 1922
01905-06 Shishov 3 Songs (nos.1, 2) 1922
01909 Shishov 3 Songs (no.3) 1922
02013 Drozdov 2 Dances from 'Alladine and Palomides', Op.9 Consolation (No.1) 1922
02014 Drozdov Impressions, Op.5 (no.1) 1922
02015 Drozdov Impressions, Op.5 (no.2) 1923
02666 Aleksandrov Piano Sonata No.3, Op.18 1922
03011-11a Feinberg 2 Romances, Op.4 1922
03101-04 Eiges 4 Morceaux, Op.14 1923
03231-33 Feinberg 3 Romances after Blok, Op.7 1923
03241 Ivanov-Boretsky 6 Preludes, Op.19 1923
03251 Sabaneyev Etude-Nocturne 1923
03254 Aleksandrov Piano Sonata No.4, Op.19 1923
03343-46 Stravinsky 4 Etudes, Op.7 1923
03385 Krein Piano Sonata, Op.34 1923
03482 Melkikh Sonate-Nocturne, Op.10 1923
03484 Feinberg Suite No.1, Op.11 1923
03487-88 Zolotarev 2 Pieces, Op.39 1923
03545 Scriabin Poeme Satanique, Op.36 1923
03546 Scriabin Valse, Op.38 1923
03686 Scriabin Piano Sonata No.1, Op.6 1925
03776 Feinberg Piano Sonata No.1, Op.1 1924
03799 Dianov 3 Morceaux, Op.13 1924
03814 Aizberg Pieces, Op.13 1924
4749 Taneyev The Mask, Op.34 No.3 1924
04968 Scriabin 2 Poemes, Op.44 1924
04970 Scriabin 2 Poemes, Op.63 1924
04971 Scriabin Poeme, Op.41 1924
04992 Drozdov Piano Sonata No.1, Op.13 1924
05206 Scriabin Poeme Tragique, Op.34 1924
05344 Kortchmariov Prelude for the Left Hand 1924
05396 Kortchmariov Conte 1924
05402-03 Eiges 2 Poemes, Op.19 1924
05413 Shaposhnikov Sonatine 1924
05560 Scriabin 2 Mazurkas, Op.40 1925
05601 Shaposhnikov Sonatine 1925
05696-5700 Alexandrov Visions, Op.21 1925
05744 Scriabin Piano Sonata No.6, Op.62 1925
05745 Scriabin Piano Sonata No.7, Op.64 1925
05859 Pavlov Piano Sonata No.2, Op.8 1925
05862-64 Kortchmariov Trois Morceaux 1925
05892 Scriabin 2 Impromptus, Op.14 1924
05964 Protopopov & Yavorsky Russian National Songs 1925
06047 Protopopov Piano Sonata No.1, Op.1 1925
06050 Bagretzow Prelude 1925
06251 Shenshin 9 Preludes, Op.10 1925
6268-6269 Scriabin 2 Dances, Op.73 1925
06310 Blumenfeld 3 Pieces, Op.51 1925
06315 Scriabin Piano Sonata No.10, Op.70 1925
06358 Drozdov Piano Sonata, Op.15 1925
06360 Eiges Suite-Pastorale, Op.20 1926

In the form of M. ##### Г. (number only listed here)

Plate Composer Work Year
7221 Dianov Eaufortes (1926)
8016 Blumenfeld 2 Pieces, Op.53 (1925)
12082 Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila (vocal score) 1938
13184 Beethoven 3 String Trios, Op.9 (in G major, complete pts) 1933
13186 Beethoven 3 String Trios, Op.9 (in C minor, complete pts) 1933
14070 Polovinkin Les attraits (1933)
16026 Myaskovsky Symphony No.16, Op.39 (f.s.) 1939
16174 Schumann Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23 (violin/piano arr.) (1933)
16612 Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (ed. Lamm) 1934
16971 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.44 1940
16980 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.45 1940
17607 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.55A 1946
17855 Glazunov Piano Concerto No.1, Op.92 (2 piano arr.) 1945
18074 Prokofiev 10 Pieces from Cinderella, Op.97 (1944)
18096 Myaskovsky Symphony No.13, Op.36 (1945)
18330 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.20 1946
18336 Myaskovsky Cello Concerto, Op.66 (cello/pf red.) (1947)
18380 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.51B 1945
18396 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.32A 1951
18444 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.36 1946
18468 Davydov School of Violoncello Playing 1958
18604 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.27 1960
18608 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.52 1948
18632 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.40 1949
18652 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.4 1948
18724 Taneyev Complete Romances for Voice and Piano 1947
18751 Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony, Op.58 (full score) 1947
18914 Myaskovsky 9 Piano Pieces, Op.73 (1947)
18919 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.53 1949
19017 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.19 1948
19604 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.62 1948
19713 Various composers Chrestomatija po istorii fortepiannoj muzyki v Rossii (konec XVIII i pervaja polovina XIX vekov) 1949
19779 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.18 1949
19836 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.30A 1949
19886 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.16A 1949
19937 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.16B 1949
19996 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.61 1949
20114 Rachmaninoff Complete Collected Works for the Piano, vol.3: transcriptions - works for pf 4h / 6h
20321 Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43 1950
20556 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.23 1950
20727 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.9 1950
20886 Rachmaninoff Suite No.2, Op.17 (1952)
20910 Balakirev Complete Collected Works for the Piano 1951
20951 Liszt Magyar dalok, S.242 1950
21674 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.39 1951
21753 Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony, Op.58 (arr. Pavchinsky) (1951)
22395 Balakirev Complete Collected Works for the Piano
22413 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.21 1952
22452 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.32B 1952
22670 Schubert Symphony No.8, D.759 (1952)
22760 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, Vols.12A,12B 1952
22932 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, Vols.12V,12G 1952
23155 Taneyev Complete Piano Works 1953
23202 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.10 1953
23208 Rachmaninoff Aleko (Full score, ed. Kirkor, Iordan) 1953
23221 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.1 (supplement) 1953
23404 Prokofiev Collected Works, vol.1 (Piano works) 1955
23708 Balakirev Complete Collected Works for the Piano
23723 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.42 1953
23818 Prokofiev Collected Works, vol.2 (Piano sonatas) 1955
23819 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.15B 1954
24108 Balakirev Complete Collected Works for the Piano 1954
24186 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.57 1954
24321 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.28 1955
24333 Glazunov Complete Collected Works for the Piano, vol.1 1955
24341 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.29 1955
24380 Rubinstein Violin Concerto, Op.46 (piano reduction) 1954
24630 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.46A 1954
24631 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.46B 1954
24687 Scriabin Poème de l'extase, Op.54 1955
24691 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.31 1955
24757 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.13 1955
25109 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.54 1956
25196 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.49 1956
25274 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.47 1956
25443 Prokofiev Collected Works, vol.3 (Arrangements for piano) 1956
25739 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.30B 1956
25740 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.55B 1956
25858 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.35 1956
26268 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.15A 1960
26458 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.11 1957
26493 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.56 1958
26973 Peiko Piano Sonata in E minor 1958
27036 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.3 1959
27037 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.34 1959
27232 Medtner Collected Works, vol.1 1959
27269 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.22 1960
27734 Medtner Collected Works, vol.2 1959
27785 Prokofiev Concertino for Cello and Orchestra, Op.132 (cello/piano score) 1960
27966 Weinberg, Mieczysław Piano Sonata No.4, Op.56 1960
28032 Medtner Collected Works, vol.3 1960
28121 Medtner 'Collected Works, vol.4 1960
28816 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.25 1961
28912 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.24 1961
28916 Medtner Collected Works, vol.8: Piano Quintet 1963
28939 Myaskovsky Symphony No.5, Op.18 (study score) 1961
29138 Medtner Collected Works, vol.7 1961
29145 Medtner Collected Works, vol.5 1961
29201 Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1 1961
29301 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.26 1961
29308 Medtner Collected Works, vol.6 1961
29924 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.14 1962
30170 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.17A 1963
30576 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.37 1963
30650 Medtner Collected Works, vol.9 1963
30651 Medtner Collected Works, vol.10: Piano Concerto No.1, Op.33 (Collected Works, Part 10) 1963
30682 Medtner Collected Works, vol.11: Piano Concerto No.2, Op.50 (Collected Works, Part 11) 1963
30683 Medtner Collected Works, vol.12: Piano Concerto No.3, Op.60 (Collected Works, Part 12) 1963
30830 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.17B 1963
30898 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.5 1964

Muzgiz issues from 1964

In 1964 Muzgiz introduced a new system of plate numbers, starting sequentially from the 900s upwards, and lacking any prefixes or suffixes. However, many editions were offprints from some of the complete works series issued for Russian composers like Tchaikovsky, or isolated publications of certain composers (like Rachmaninoff) who were semi-outcasts in the USSR, miscellaneous editions of works by foreign composers, transcriptions, etc. In such cases the plate numbers reflect the date when the copy in hand was actually issued - even if it was merely a later printing of a work published many years before. Thus, the piano four-hand transcription of Medtner's Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 33 listed below (Plate 12008), which has a printed date of 1983 on the title page, is probably an offprint from the complete works first issued in the late 1950s and early 1960s (see above). Likewise, there are numerous offprints from Pavel Lamm's 1947-48 edition of Rachmaninoff's piano works which have plate numbers and actual imprint dates ranging from the 1950s all the way up through the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1990. Unfortunately, such practices mean that the Muzgiz plate numbers are a no more reliable indicator of the date that a particular item was first published than the printed date on the score itself.

Plate Composer Work Year
906 Prokofiev Sonatas for Piano (reissue of plate 23818) (1964)
950 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.48 1964
977 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.33 1965
1050 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.50A 1965
1051 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.50B 1965
1166 Paganini 24 Caprices, Op.1 edited by A. I. Yampol'sky (редакция А. И. Ямпольского) 1965
1626 Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel orchestration) (1965)
1927 Glazunov Piano Concerto No.2, Op.100 (2 piano red.) (1965)
1970 Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony, Op.58 (piano duet arrangement) 1966
3007 Prokofiev Collected Works, vol.18 1966
3426 Prokofiev Symphony No.3, Op.44 (piano duet red. by Nikolay Myaskovsky- reprint) 1966
3534 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.58 1967
3651 Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony, Op.58 1966
3818 Brahms Clarinet Trio, Op.114 1966
4692 Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2, Op.16 (2-piano red. by composer) 1968
4992 Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds Op.16 1968
5766 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.38 1968
5853 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.6 1969
6172 Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1, Op.10 (2 piano red. by composer) 1969
6557 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.59 1970
6634 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.60 1971
6708 Beethoven Notturno for Viola, Op.42 1971
8079 Glazunov Works for Piano 1974
8293 Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2, Op.63 (vn/pf arrangement) 1974
8539 Rachmaninoff Complete Collected Works for the Piano 1948
8601 Peiko Works for Piano 1976
8624 Peiko Decimetto (sc & pts) 1975
8968 Glazunov Violin Concerto, Op.82 (full score) 1976
9648 Tchaikovsky 18 Pieces, Op.72 (selection) 1977
9834 Vladigerov Piano Concerto No.4, Op.48 (2-pf red.) 1977
9985 Tchaikovsky Grand Sonata, Op.37 1978
10861 Sibelius Songs - Selections 1977
11215 Delibes Coppélia (piano arr. by composer) 1981
11282 Scriabin 2 Mazurkas, Op.40 (reissue of 1948 Igumnov/Milstein ed.) (1985)
11343 Golubev String Quartets 18-21 (score) 1981
11442 Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor, RV 522 (reprint of Nachez arr. for 2 violins & piano) (1981?)
11495 Peiko Concerto-symphony (f.s.) 1981
11630 Peiko Concerto-fantasy (arr. sax/pf) 1982
11709 Prokofiev Piano Works in Five Volumes: 1. Sonatas 1982
12008 Medtner Piano Concerto No.1, Op.33 (2 pf red.) 1983
12203 Webern Variations for Piano, Op.27 (1983)
12407 Peiko Dneĭ davnikh boĭ, oratorio (f.s.?) 1984
12475 Prokofiev Piano Works in Five Volumes: 3. Transcriptions 1984
12509 Strauss Violin Concerto, Op.8 (arr. vn/pf) 1984
12518 Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony, Op.58, Pavchinsky arr. 1984
12711 Debussy Pour le piano 1984
13215 Prokofiev Piano Works in Five Volumes: 5. Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5, arr. for 2 pianos 1986
13565 Glinka Works 1987
13680 Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony, Op.58 (f.s.) 1986
13901 Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov et al. Russian Piano Music, vol.4 1988
13986 Peiko Concertante variations for 2 pianos 1988
14059 Myaskovsky Symphony No.6, Op.23 (arr. pno. 4-hands, Kabalevsky) 1964
14221 Peiko Oboe concerto (arr. ob/pf) 1989
14419 Peiko Concert-triptych for 2 pianos 1990
14447 Tchaikovsky Complete Collected Works, vol.63 1990

Sovetsky kompozitor

In the form of C. ##### K. (number only listed here)

Plate Composer Work Year
46* Peiko Symphony No.1 (f.s.) 1957
548 Ivanovs, J. Symphony No. 16 (f.s.) 1977
1247? Levitin, I. Oboe concerto, Op.50 (min.f.s.) 1969
1574 Levitin, I. Rekviem, Op.20 (f.s.) 1971
1597 Klebanov Symphony No.3 (f.s.) 1960
1814 Prokofiev Ballade, Op.15 1960
2187 Levitin, I. Khrosima ne dolzhna povtoritʹsi︠a︡, oratorio, Op.63 (v.s.?) 1972
2657 Levitin, I. Veselye nishchie : kantata after Burns (f.s.) 1974
2999 Levitin, I. Quartets 9 & 10 (Opp.66, 73) (f.s.) 1974
3122 Levitin, I. Romansy na stikhi A. Bloka, Op.45 1974
3831 Mukhatov Symphony No.1 (f.s.) 1976
3921 Peiko Symphony No.6 (f.s.) 1976
4004 Khrennikov Violin Concerto No.2, Op.23 (f.s.) 1977
4270 Levitin, I. Choral Symphony Dni voĭny, Op.82 (v.s.) 1977
4558 Levitin, I. Piano, winds, strings quintet, Op.16 (sc&pts) 1978
4605 Levitin, I. Cello Concertino, Op.54 (vc/pf arr.) 1978
5241 Levitin, I. Quartets 11 & 12 (Opp.80, 86) (f.s.) 1980
5357 Peiko String Quartets Nos.2, 3 (f.s.) 1980
5661 Peiko Symphony No.7 (f.s.) 1981
5888 Levitin, I. Personalʹnyĭ pami︠a︡tnik, opera, Op.57 (v.s.) 1984
6381 Levitin, I. Violin Sonata No.2, Op.87 (sc&pt) 1983
8080 Peiko Pinezhʹe, cantata (v.s.) 1980
8312 Peiko String Quartet No.4 (score) 1988
8486 Levitin, I. Veter voiny : kantata (f.s.?) 1989
  • Plate M. 46 F rather than C. 46 K.

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