Jean-Georges Sieber (1738-1822) was a horn player, trombonist, and harpist who moved to Paris in 1758. He was regularly employed by opera houses, but became well known as a publisher. In 1770-1771 he briefly took over the publisher Huberty, but subsequently, Huberty resumed his business. Sieber, not to be deterred, continued, and established his business elsewhere in Paris. In 1795, his son, Georges-Julien (1775-1847) started working in the business, whereupon a name change occured to Sieber Père et Fils. In 1799, Georges-Julien left and started his own business, hence the name change to Sieber Père.
Seiber Sr. was known for his taste in music, inasmuch as he published, for the vast majority, "serious" music - J.C. Bach, Dittersdorf, Eichner, Gossec, Haydn, Schobert, Stamitz, Boccherini, Cambini, Pugnani, Tessarini, Viotti, Pleyel, Vanhal, and Wranitzky. He also published several first editions of works by Mozart, and over 50 symphonies of Haydn in Parts, in addition to chamber music, and operas by the likes of J.C. Bach, Cimarosa, and Kreutzer, in addition to the mangled first edition of The Magic Flute as Les Mystères d'Isis.
In 1824, Sieber Jr. took over his father's business, and continued to publish a good deal of foreign music, retiring in 1834. His son Adrien took over at that time. Sieber published, in addition to all else, a large amount of piano music, including Clementi, Dussek, Steibelt, and his own works. All publications by every Sieber were engraved. Sieber sold instruments, owned a lending library, and ran a music binding business out of the same shop as his publishing firm.
- 1. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie.
- New York and London: Macmillan Publications, 1980.