Benjamin, Anton J.
- Theodor Wohnhaas
German firm of music publishers. Its origin can be traced to 1818, when Joseph Benjamin founded a book and music shop in Altona, which his son Anton later re-established in Hamburg. John Benjamin (1868–1931), a grandson of the founder who had taken charge of the firm in 1888, bought the Böhme music shop and concert agency in Hamburg in 1907. In 1917 he acquired the music publishing house originally founded in St Petersburg by A. Büttner but which had been taken over by Daniel Rahter in 1879. As Verlag Benjamin, the firm moved to Leipzig in 1920, and Richard Schauer, a nephew of John Benjamin, took over the direction. In 1925 they acquired the A.E. Fischer publishing house of Bremen, and in 1929 the Simrock music publishing firm. By taking over the Rahter and Simrock concerns, which continued to exist under their original names, the group publishing business of Benjamin acquired original publication rights on works by Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Respighi, Rheinberger, Wolf-Ferrari, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák and others. After the Jewish pogrom of ...