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date: 10 April 2020


  • Alan Pope
  • , revised by Willi Kahl


German firm of music publishers. It was founded in 1911 in Berlin by Richard Birnbach (1883–1953) who quickly developed a successful catalogue, publishing a wide variety of works, including educational music, music for salon orchestra, and contemporary instrumental and vocal music. In 1919 he expanded his publishing enterprise by acquiring the catalogue of C.A. Challier & Co., a notable Berlin publishing company. It had been founded by Carl August Challier (d Berlin, 17 July 1871) and Karl Gaillard in 1835 and had published works by Gluck, Haydn and Mozart as well as composers from Berlin. From 1844 Challier and Gaillard edited the Berliner musikalische Zeitung, which in 1847 merged with the Neue Berliner Musikzeitung (founded by Gustav Bock). Challier's son, Willibald (b Berlin, 29 July 1849; d Berlin, 25 Jan 1926), managed the firm from 1865 until its acquisition by Birnbach who carried it on under its original name. Birnbach's catalogue was further extended with the purchase in ...

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