Breitkopf & Härtel

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Breitkopf & Härtel
Founded 1719
Founder Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf
Country of origin Germany
Headquarters location Wiesbaden
Publication types Sheet music
Official website www.breitkopf.com
Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf
Gottfried Christoph Härtel

Breitkopf & Härtel is the world's oldest music publishing house. The firm was founded in 1719 in Leipzig by Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf (1695–1777). The catalogue currently contains over 1000 composers, 8000 works and 15,000 music editions or books on music. The name "Härtel" was added when Gottfried Christoph Härtel took over the company in 1795. In 1807 G. Chr. Härtel began to manufacture pianos, an endeavor which lasted until 1870. The Breitkopf pianos were highly esteemed in the 19th century by pianists like Franz Liszt and Clara Schumann.

In the 19th century the company was for many years the publisher of the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, an influential music journal.

The company has consistently supported (then called) 'contemporary' composers and had close editorial collaboration with Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Wagner and Brahms.

This tradition continues today with prominent contemporary composers.

They also published the first complete works edition of Mozart, the so-called Alte Mozart-Ausgabe.

The firm was on the board of directors of the Händel-Gesellschaft in 1858.

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