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date: 06 June 2020

Van Ghelenlocked

  • Alexander Weinmann


Austrian firm of music publishers. Johann Peter van Ghelen (1673–1754), son of an Antwerp bookdealer, served an apprenticeship in Brussels and in his father’s Viennese printing works, which he took over in 1721. In 1722 he bought the Wiener Diarium (renamed the Wiener Zeitung in 1780), which remained in the firm’s ownership into the 19th century and exercised an important monopoly as the advertising organ of the book and music publishing trade until 1848. In 1725 Van Ghelen published Fux’s Gradus ad Parnassum and reissued Georg Muffat’s Apparatus musico-organisticus (1690). His eldest son Johann Leopold took over the business in 1754, succeeded in the 1760s by Jakob Anton van Ghelen, with whom the family’s male line died out in 1782. The amount of music advertised by the firm increased greatly under his management after 1770; with Trattner and Krüchten the firm was the biggest music dealer in Vienna. After Jakob Anton’s death the firm changed its name to Edle v. Ghelenschen Erben....

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