40 Years Wiener Urtext Edition – A Publishing House in its Prime
40 years experience in music editing: scholarly, critical, perfomer-oriented and authentic – with adedication to constant improvement!
Since its founding in 1972 as a subsidiary of the publishers Universal Edition and B. Schott’s Söhne, the Wiener Urtext Edition has, with its superbly researched and prepared editions, made a name for itself as a forward-looking publisher of scholarly sound and informative urtext performing editions.
Appreciated by musicians, educators, scholars and amateurs alike, the Wiener Urtext Edition has a wellestablished reputation of vouching for a reliable urtext, with a catalogue that meanwhile comprises the major works of classical music ranging from the Baroque period to the 20th century.
The fact that the original focus on keyboard music has broadened in the course of time to include literature for winds and strings has certainly done a lot to enrich the publishing program of the Wiener Urtext Edition, which now also features works such as Debussy’s Syrinx or Reinecke’s Undine Sonata as well as Bach’s Solo Cello Suites or Schumann’s Violin Sonatas.
During the last years a few musical works could be rediscovered by musical research, e.g. the so-called Bolzano Sonata by Joseph Haydn or the album leaf Ahnung by Robert Schumann. They have been published in Wiener Urtext edition for the first time as well as the three versions of the Adagio from Mozart’s Sonata in C minor K. 457.
In addition to finding new material to incorporate into its program, the Wiener Urtext Edition accords high priority to the educational idea of introducing young musicians to authentic music-making. The Clavierbüchlein for Anna Magdalena Bach or Schumann’s Album for the Young, for instance, constitute an enrichment of the beginner’s catalogue just as much as Chopin’s Easiest Preludes or the Pathways to Franz Liszt.
Numerous booklets such as Mozart – Stations of his Life as Reflected in his Piano Music or Great Composers in the Piano Lesson are attractively designed ‘tasters’ providing a musical and historical introduction to a very diverse range of topics.