- Hans-Martin Plesske
German firm of music publishers. It was founded by August Heinrich Cranz (b Berlin, 1789; d Hamburg, 1870) in 1814 in Hamburg. His son Alwin Cranz (b Hamburg, 1834; d Vevey, 10 April 1923) took over the music publishing house in 1857 and acquired the Viennese publishing firm C.A. Spina in 1876. August Cranz was the original publisher of many works by Josef, Eduard and Johann Strauss (father and son), including Die Fledermaus, Der Zigeunerbaron and Eine Nacht in Venedig. Viennese operettas and light music (e.g. Lanner, Suppé, Millöcker) played a large part in the publishing programme. Oskar Cranz, a partner from 1896, moved the firm to Leipzig in 1897. The August Cranz publishing house lost most of its stock in 1943; the rebuilding of the firm was carried out at first in Munich and from 1949 in Wiesbaden. In 1965 the firm began producing tapes and records. The firm August Cranz of Wiesbaden had branches in Brussels, London, Paris and Vienna and was represented by agents in several countries. It was acquired by Schott in ...