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date: 06 June 2020


  • Alan Pope


Firm of music publishers. The company was founded in 1889 in Leipzig by an Englishman, Arthur Edwin Bosworth (1858–1923), assisted initially by Thomas Chappell and Carl Kratochwill. The aim was to protect the copyrights of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas in Austria, since at that time there was no copyright agreement between Britain and Austria. Zeller's operetta Der Vogelhändler was published in 1891 and was the most successful individual work published by the firm. Bosworth opened branches in London (1892), Paris (1896), Zürich (1908) and Brussels (1914); the latter survived until 1955 and published works by Belgian composers such as Joseph and Léon Jongen, Vreuls and Absil. His most far-reaching achievement was founding a publishing house in Vienna (1902) and acquiring the Austrian music publishers Kratochwill and Chmél. By doing so he obtained important copyrights, including Lehár's Gold und Silber...

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