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History

Founded in 1793 by Nicolaus Simrock (1751-1832) in Bonn. A Paris branch was opened in 1802 by Nicolaus' brother Heinrich (Henri) (1754-1839). Nicolaus' son Peter Joseph Simrock (1792-1868) opened a branch in Cologne and took over management of the firm after Nicolaus' death. Peter's son Friedrich August "Fritz" (1837-1901) inherited the firm in 1868 and moved the principal office to Berlin in 1870 under the name of Simrocksche Musikhandlung. At the same time, he sold the music shop and outsourced the engraving and printing business to Röder in Leipzig.

After Friedrich August's death in 1901, the company was transformed into a GmbH (limited liability company) and led by his nephew Johann Baptist "Hans" (1861-1910). The same year, he created the Simrock-Volksausgabe, a series of works still under copyright, but in high quality and at reasonable prices. Johann Baptist established a subsidiary in Leipzig in 1904, and set up agencies in London, Paris and New York at about the same time. Simrock absorbed the firm Bartholf Senff in 1907. In 1923, Fritz Auckenthaler, a grandson of Friedrich August, became leader of the firm. The publishing company Eos was absorbed by Simrock in 1925.

In 1929, N. Simrock was sold to the firm Anton J. Benjamin, who continued to use the Simrock name as an imprint. In 1938, the Nazi regime forced the sale of Simrock and other parts of Benjamin to Sikorski from Richard Schauer who then owned the company.

The end of the war brought better times for the company. After a long restitution process, in 1951 the firm's ownership was returned to heirs of the Schauer family (owners of Benjamin), who continued to employ the Simrock imprint as part of their Benjamin-Rahter-Simrock division. It was to a great part due to the Simrock original editions (Simrock-Originalausgaben) that the company regained its former significance and soon again edited contemporary compositions.

Like many other publishers, the period 1990 onwards was a time of consolidation into increasingly large groups. In 2002, N. Simrock was, together with Benjamin, sold to Boosey & Hawkes. Owing to the widespread renown of N. Simrock, the series Simrock Original-Edition was created. It includes a great part of the Benjamin editions, also some that formerly were part of other Benjamin series.

Important Acquisitions

Editions

First editions

  • 1793:
Dittersdorf
VI. Airs d'une éxecution facile à l'usage des commençants arrangés à 4 mains pour le clavecin ou le piano forte tiés de l'operette Das rothe Käppchen
Overture to the opera Hocus Pocus for piano
Beethoven:
Klaviervariationen über Dittersdorfs "Es war einmal ein alter Mann" from Das rothe Käppchen
  • 1794: Many first editions of Beethoven works, e.g. Variations à quatre mains pour le piano forte sur un theme de Monsieur le Comte de Waldstein, WoO 67
  • 1796: Haydn: Trios, op. 21
  • 1800: Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier
  • 1801: Haydn: London symphonies no. 9 and 10
  • 1802: Bach: Three violin sonatas
  • 1805: Beethoven: Kreutzer-Sonata, op. 47
  • 1808: Weber: Der erste Ton, op. 14
  • 1810: Beethoven: Sextet, op. 81b; Haydn: Collection of 37 symphonies named "Symphonies à grand orchestre"; Weber: Grand quatuor in B flat major for piano quartet
  • 1811: Weber: Six sonatas for violin and piano
Bach: Magnificat
  • 1815: Weber: Grande polonaise, op. 21
  • 1817: Beethoven: Violoncello-Sonatas, op. 102
  • 1819: Weber: Vocal score of Abu Hassan; Bach: of Mass in A major (vocal score)
  • 1820: Beethoven: Variations for flute and piano, op. 107 (German first edition)
  • 1821: Händel: vocal score of 100th psalm
  • 1823: Weber: Grand potpourri, op. 20, Händel: vocal score of Messiah
  • 1825: Händel: vocal score of Alexander's Feast
  • 1826: Händel: vocal score of Israel in Egypt
  • 1827: Bach: vocal score of Mass in G major
  • 1830: Bach: Six cantatas; Händel: vocal score of Salomon
  • 1833: Bach: Mass in B minor (together with Nägeli of Zurich)
  • 1834: Bach: High mass
  • 1841: Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53
  • 1851: Schumann: Symphony no. 3, Op. 97

Notes

  • 1795-1814: during the french occupation of Bonn, the price was printed in Francs

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies

  • 1870: Berlin: Simrocksche Musikhandlung, printing from now on through Röders, Leipzig

Plate Numbers

Note: When the Bartholff Senff catalog was absorbed in 1907, Simrock incorporated the Senff plate numbers by adding a numeral in front of the older number, where possible. A Simrock plate number higher than 20000 will probably be a re-issue of a Senff plate, for example, Simrock 21234 is likely to be a re-issue of Senff 1234.

Plate Composer Work Year
00004 Mozart Die Zauberflöte, K.620 (vocal score) (1793)
00177,181 Beethoven String Quartets, Op.18 (parts, 2 books) [1802]
0336-337 Brahms 21 Hungarian Dances (Piano), WoO 1 (Books 1 and 2) 1869
00588 Spohr Violin Concerto No.4, Op.10, violin and piano parts (1808)
01536 Reicha Wind Quintet, Op.88 No.2 1818
01599 Ries Symphony No.2, Op.80 (parts) (1818)
02333 Reissiger Piano Trio No.2, Op.33 [1826]
02541 Kalkbrenner Introduction et Rondino, Op.78 (1827)
02597 Ries Piano Concerto No.8, Op.151 (piano part) 1829
02693 Kummer Flute Quartet, Op.47 (parts) 1829
02786 Hiller 3 Caprices, Op.4 (book 1) (1829)
03037 Beethoven Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos, Op.47 (Kreutzer Sonata) 1832
03045 Mendelssohn String Quintet No.1, Op.18 1833
03056 Gaude Variations on a Barcarole by Auber, Op.59 (pts) 1833
03618 Bertini Piano Sextet No.3, Op.90 (parts) 1839
03858 Rosellen 3 Rêveries, Op.31 1849
03935 Mendelssohn Lieder ohne Worte, Op.53 [1841]
04051 Czerny 24 Etudes élégantes, Op.672 (no.1) 1842
04110 Kufferath 6 Concert Etudes, Op.8 1842
04153 Rosellen Souvenirs du ballet 'La jolie fille de Gand' d'Adolphe Adam, Op.45 (1843)
04386 Pape String Quartet No.5 in C minor (parts) 1845
04499 Wenusch String Quartet, Op.1 (parts) 1846
04949 Heller 3 Melodies de Mendelssohn, Op.72 (No.1) 1851
05019 Schumann Symphony No.3, Op.97 (full score) (1851)
05311 C. Schubert Le Premier bal d'Emma, Op.135 1853
05779 T. Oesten Oasen, Op.110 (3. Die Zauberflöte) 1857
06032 Hermann Capriccio No.3 for 3 Violins, Op.13 1859
06200 Brahms String Sextet No.1, Op.18 (arr. for piano 4-hands) (1861)
06202 Brahms String Sextet No.1, Op.18 (1861)
06323 Kiel Piano Concerto, Op.30 (pf. solo w/cues) (1865)
06474 Brahms String Sextet No.2, Op.36 1866
06475 Brahms String Sextet No.2, Op.36 (arr. for piano 4-hands) 1866
06476 Brahms Cello Sonata No.1, Op.38 1866
06514 Reissiger Die Felsenmühle von Estalières (overture) 1868
06719 Gernsheim Piano Quartet No.2, Op.20 1870
06851 Kiel Piano Trio No.2, Op.22 1862
06929 Kiel Piano Quartet No.1, Op.43 1867
06933 Kiel Piano Quartet No.2, Op.44 1867
06976 Kiel Piano Quartet No.3, Op.50 1868
06997 Kiel Piano Trio No.5, Op.34 1869
07042 Lange Das Fischermädchen, Op.81 1870
07397 Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56b (arr. 2 pianos) (1874)
07546 Reissiger Die Felsenmühle von Estalières, Op.71 (overture arr. Burchard) 1875
08125 Dvořák String Quartet No.10, B.92, arr. for Piano 4H 1879
08132 Brahms Violin Concerto, Op.77 (arr. for violin and piano) 1879
08133 Brahms Violin Concerto, Op.77 (full score) 1879
08152-8153 Dvořák-Keller Arrangement of Slavonic Dances for 2 Piano 8H, Bk.1 1880
08167-8168 Brahms 21 Hungarian Dances (Piano), WoO 1 (Books 3 and 4) 1880
08185 Brahms 21 Hungarian Dances (Piano), WoO 1 (Book 3 arr. piano solo Keller) 1881
08192-8193 Brahms 21 Hungarian Dances (Piano), WoO 1 (Books 3 and 4 arr. piano solo Kirchner) 1881
08194 Brahms-Kirchner Liebeslieder-Walzer von Brahms, Op. 52 1881
08195 Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op.80 (4-hands arr) 1881
08196 Brahms-Kirchner Liebeslieder-Walzer von Brahms, Op.65 1881
08204-8206 Sarasate-Kirchner Spanische-Tanze, Opp.21, 22, 23 1881
08213 Brahms Tragic Overture, Op.81 - 4h transcr. 1881
08215-8218 Brahms 21 Hungarian Dances (Piano), WoO 1 (arr. cello and piano Piatti) 1881
08247 Dvořák Symphony No.6, Op.60, Solo Piano Transcription (1881)
08261 Sarasate Spanish Dances, Op.26 (1881)
08250 Brahms 21 Hungarian Dances (Piano), WoO 1 (arr. piano solo, ed. S.J.) 1881
08287 Brahms-Keller Academic Festival Overture, Op.80 (arr. piano) (1882)
08332 Brahms String Sextet No.1, Op.18 (arr. for piano trio by Kirchner) 1883
08333 Brahms String Sextet No.2, Op.36 (arr. for piano trio by Kirchner) 1883
08387 Brahms Symphony No.3, Op.90 - transcr. 2 pf. 1884
08606 Dvořák Symphony No.7, Op.70 (piano 4 hands transcription) (1885)
08667 Brahms Symphony No.4, Op.98 1888
08735 Dvořák Slavonic Dances, Op.72 Arr. for Violin & Piano 1887
08766 Ashton Piano Quartet, Op.34 1887
08911 Dvořák Symphony No.5, Op.76 (pf4h arrangement) 1888
08974 Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2, Op.81 (pf4h arrangement by Keller) 1888
09001 Brahms Serenade No.1, Op.11 (parts) (1888)
09003 Brahms Serenade No.1, Op.11 (arr. for piano solo, Hermann) (1888)
09096 Brahms String Sextet No.1, Op.18 (arr. for piano solo by Keller) 1889
09196 Brahms Violin Sonata No.3, Op.108 1889
09245-9247 Dvořák Poetic Tone Pictures, Op.85 1889
09328 Jenner 4 Lieder, Op.1 1890
09452-9453 Dvořák Arrangement of Slavonic Dances for 2 Piano 8H, Bk.2 (1890)
09620 Hofmann Waldpoesien, Op.50 (1891)
09653 Jenner 8 Lieder, Op.2, Book 1 1892
09656 Jenner 8 Lieder, Op.2, Book 2 1892
09710 Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op.115 (full score) 1892
09711 Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op.115 (parts) 1892
09981 Goldmark Suite No.2 for Violin and Piano, Op.43 1893
10066–10089 Cui Kaleidoscope, Op.50 (score) 1894
10237 Dvořák Suite, Op.98 (piano version, 1st edition) 1894
10275 Dvořák Symphony No.9, Op.95, arr. for Piano 4H 1894
10293-10298 Cui 6 Bagatelles, Op.51 1894
10315-10317 Schütt Causeries-Bal, Op.45 1895
10447 Brahms Violin Concerto, Op.77 (cadenza by Halir) 1895
10491 Brahms Violin Sonata No.2, Op.100 (1st mvt., arr. by Reinhard) 1896
10540 Dvořák Cello Concerto No.2, Op.104 1896
10589 Schütt Piano Concerto No.2, Op.47 1896
10650 Nedbal Scherzo-Caprice, Op.5 (score) 1896
10664 Schütt Carnaval Mignon, Op.48 1896
10676 Sarasate Jota de San Fermin, Op.36 1894
10694 Sarasate Viva Sevilla!, Op.38 1896
10712 Dvořák Cello Concerto No.2, Op.104, arr. for Piano 4H 1896
10782 Novák Eklogen, Op.11 1896
10819 Rabl Fantasiestücke, Op.2 (Vol.1) 1897
10820 Rabl Fantasiestücke, Op.2 (Vol.2) 1897
10825 Schütt Piano Trio No.2, Op.51 1897
10875 Tschetschulin Valse gracieuse 1897
10880 Schütt Walzer-Märchen, Op.54 1897
10915 Grodzky 9 Piano Pieces, Op.50 1897
10925 Brahms Violin Sonata No.1, Op.78 (arr. for cello and piano by Klengel) 1897
10933 Schütt Paraphrase on Brahms' Song 'Vergebliches Ständchen' 1897
10934 Schütt Paraphrase on Brahms' Lullaby 1897
10994 Limbert String Quartet, Op.15 (score) 1898
10999 Pfitzner Piano Trio, Op.8 (rev. ed.) 1898
11077 Brahms String Sextet No.2, Op.36 (arr. for piano by Klengel) 1898
11101 Bruch Gustav Adolf, Op.73 (vocal score) 1898
11180 Zemlinsky Walzer-Gesänge, Op.6 (Bache trans.) 1899
11210 Scholz Piano Quartet, Op.79 1899
11481-11482 Schütt Pour tous les Ages, Op.60 1900
11547 Lewandowsky Piano Quintet, Op.2 1901
11575 Erlanger Piano Quintet (sc. and pts.) 1901
11607 Straesser String Quartet, Op.12 No.1 (parts) 1901
11677 Novák String Quartet No.1, Op.22 (score) 1902
11723 Kahn Piano Trio No.3, Op.35 1902
11886 Schütt Pages intimes, Op.68 1903
11891 Draeseke String Quintet, Op.77 1903
11986 Körte Wanderstimmungen 1904
11997 Brahms Violin Concerto, Op.77 (Marteau cadenza) 1905
12019 Schütt 5 Episoden, Op.72 1905
12042 Marteau Chaconne for Viola and Piano, Op.8 1905
12061 Beethoven Romance in F major, Op.50 (vn/pf arr. Joachim) 1905
12227 Schillings String Quartet (Parts) 1906
12265 Marteau String Trio, Op.12 1907
12320 Dohnányi String Quartet No.2 in D-flat major, Op.15 (parts) 1907
12325-12328 Sinding 4 Morceaux, Op.84 1907
12335 Brahms String Quintet No.1, Op.88 (P Klengel pf solo arr.) 1907
12336 Brahms Violin Concerto, Op.77 (cadenza by Aulin) (1907)
12345-12349 Dohnányi Humoresken in Form einer Suite, Op.17 1907
12473 Brahms Violin Concerto, Op.77 (cadenza by Bezekirsky) 1909
12608 Schillings Violin Concerto No.1, Op.25 (vn/pf red.) 1910
12659 Gernsheim Zu einem Drama, Op.82 (score) 1910
12665–66 Rudorff Symphony No.3, Op.50 (score, parts) 1910
12742 Beethoven Romance in F major, Op.50 (Joachim arr., violin part) 1905
12851-12860 Sinding Jugendbilder, Op.110 1911
12952 Klingler Cello Sonata in A minor 1911
12957 Lendvai Symphony, Op.10 (full score) 1912
13122 Faisst Violin Sonata, Op.14 1912
13179 Dohnányi Violin Sonata, Op.21 1913
13180 Koessler Hymne an die Schönheit (score) 1912
13410 Wellesz String Quartet No.1, Op.14 (parts) 1913
13448 Brahms Violin Concerto, Op.77 (cadenzas by Gorski) 1913
13498 Koessler Passacaglia-Konzert (vn/pf arr. by Henri Marteau) 1914
13643 Reger Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Telemann, Op.134 1914
13788 Reger Clarinet Quintet, Op.146 (score) 1916
13789 Reger Clarinet Quintet, Op.146 (parts) 1916
13865 Brahms Horn Trio, Op.40 1919
13866 Reger Piano Quartet No.2, Op.133 (arr. piano 4-hand Hass) 1920
13867 Reger Clarinet Quintet, Op.146 (arr. piano 4-hand Hass) 1920
13880 Dvořák Gypsy Songs, Op.55 (free transcription by Schütt of no.4) 1921
13952 Hegar Cello Concerto, Op.44 (full score) 1919
13970 Brahms 4 Klavierstücke, Op.119 (no.4, arr. by Laurischkus for 2 pianos) 1919
14125 Busch Piano Trio, Op.15 1920
14133 Blumer Violin Sonata No.2, Op.43 1920
14173 Niemann The Garden of Orchids, Op.76 1921
14230 Karg-Elert Heidebilder, 10 kleine Impressionen, Op.127 1921
14392 Koessler Trio-Suite 1922
14466 Karg-Elert Piano Sonata No.3, Op.105 1922
14505 Brahms Violin Concerto, Op.77 (P Klengel piano arr.) 1923
14506 Niemann Japan, Op.89 1923
14522 Kahn Serenade, Op.73 (score&pts) 1923
14523 Kletzki String Quartet No.1, Op.1 (score) 1923
14602 Kletzki Sinfonietta, Op.7 (score) 1923
14641 Marteau Terzetto, Op.34 (score) 1924
14778 Kletzki String Quartet No.2, Op.13 (score) (Ed.2894) 1925
14802 Kletzki Vorspiel zu einer Tragödie, Op.14 (score) 1926
14842 Kletzki Symphony in D minor, Op.17 (score) 1927
15105 Kletzki Violin Concerto, Op.19 (arr. vn/pf) (1928)
15291 Bortkiewicz Marionettes, Op.54 1938

Catalogs

Sources Consulted

  • Sadie, Stanley. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
New York and London: Macmillan Publications, 1980.
  • Wier, Albert E. The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians in One Volume
New York: The Macmillan Co., 1938.
  • Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 2., neu bearb. Ausg. ed. Ludwig Finscher. Kassel: Bärenreiter, Stuttgart: Metzler 2006. Personenteil Bd. 15, S.835-838

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