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date: 31 May 2020


  • Alan Pope


German firm of music publishers. It was established in Augsburg in 1803 by Andreas Böhm (1765–1834), and under his direction soon achieved prominence. In 1831 the ownership passed to Andreas's son Anton Böhm (1807–84). In 1871 the firm became known as Anton Böhm & Sohn, a name it has retained, when Anton's son Moritz Anselm Böhm (1846–96) joined as a partner; three years later he became sole proprietor. In 1893 M.A. Böhm established a branch in Vienna. Moritz Anselm's eldest son, Theodor (1879–1946), took over the running of the company in 1906. The firm was completely destroyed in World War II but was restored under the directorship of Friedrich Ballinger (1906–89) and his wife Johanna, Theodor Böhm's niece, and has since regained its previous importance. Following the Ballingers’ retirement, the running of the firm passed to its manager, Gerhard Über and then to Thomas Ballinger-Amtmann, the Ballingers' nephew and adopted son. Anton Böhm & Sohn has specialized in the publication of Catholic church and organ music, for which it has established a lasting reputation. The firm has also published standard editions of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert masses, many in its series Denkmäler liturgischer Tonkunst, and has begun to publish works by 20th-century composers including Otto Jochum, Siegl, Franz Philipp, Arthur Piechler, Lemacher, Genzmer and Koetsier....

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