A Brief History of the Eulenburg Edition




Numbering more than 1,200 titles the Eulenburg miniature scores’ catalogue is unrivalled in its comprehensive range, comprising authoritative and competitively-priced editions of enormous value to students, performers, and music lovers generally.

Ernst Eulenburg (1847-1926) founded his publishing firm in Leipzigin 1874, initially producing educational and choral music. In the 1890s he acquired two miniature scores’ catalogues – one of chamber music the other of orchestral works – which thus combined provided a valuable and representative core of the Classical repertoire. Much of the subsequent expansion and development of the miniature score series was overseen by Ernst’s son Kurt Eulenburg (1879-1982), who joined the firm in 1905.

The Londonfirm of Ernst Eulenburg Ltd was formed in 1939; shortly afterwards, the Leipzigcompany was expropriated by the Nazis. Kurt, meanwhile, sought refuge in Switzerlandbut, immediately after the war, settled in Londonwith his family. Only in 1954, however, did he regain control of the sequestered Leipzigcatalogue. The firm was acquired by Schott & Co Ltd, Londonin 1957, with Kurt remaining in charge of the miniature scores’ series until his retirement in 1968 at the age of 89. In the light of developing musical tastes, he began to identify serious omissions from the catalogue and set about correcting them. Pre-classical music especially became an area of development; works by Byrd, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Purcell and Schütz were added to the nucleus of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

It is now the established policy that Eulenburg editions (both new and revised scores) should match contemporary expectations of musical scholarship by presenting an Urtext, with a general preface (in English, German, and French) commentary and textual notes. The current catalogue covers the essential range of repertory from the Baroque to Romantic periods, though these by no means constitute fixed boundaries. Recent additions include works by Bizet, Campra, Charpentier, Elgar, Gershwin, Gilbert and Sullivan, Hindemith, Honegger, Monteverdi, Orff, Prokofiev, Purcell, Ravel, Respighi, Rodrigo, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Tippett, Vaughan Williams, and Xian Xinghai. Important revision programmes are at present underway for the symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann.