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date: 12 December 2019

Berg, Adamlocked

  • Marie Louise Göllner


(d Munich, 1610). German printer. He took over the Schobser publishing house in Munich in 1564 and by 1568 had expanded it sufficiently to necessitate the purchase of a larger building. Under the patronage of the Bavarian Dukes Albrecht V and his son Wilhelm V, it soon became the most important business of its kind in Bavaria. Apparently not a native of Munich, Berg was Protestant, but, after having been jailed for his religious beliefs in 1569, he became a Roman Catholic and served the Counter-Reformation which his patrons enthusiastically supported. After his death his widow, Anna, ably managed the business until 1629, when she turned it over to their son Adam (d 1634). However, the lead in music publishing had been taken over by Berg’s son-in-law and main competitor in Munich, Nikolaus Henricus.

An expert craftsman, Berg became the leading Bavarian printer of the Counter-Reformation and one of the most important German printers of his time. In addition to the official notices and reports required of him as court printer, he published a variety of books on religious and scientific topics and in the fields of literature and particularly music (which accounts for over 80 of his some 300 publications). His great interest in music reflects the brilliance of the musical establishment at the Bavarian court under the direction of Orlande de Lassus. Berg published a variety of motets and German lieder by Lassus himself and by other composers who worked in southern Germany, including Ivo de Vento, Jacobus de Kerle, Johann Pühler and Georg Victorinus. His ...

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Revue belge de musicologie
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart