Bärenreiter Silver Wedding Prague
Bärenreiter Praha was founded 25 years ago, making it the most recent member of the Bärenreiter Publishing Group. The Prague company acquired the shares of the music publishing part of the Czech State Publisher Supraphon in 1999, eight years after the company was founded, and is now the most important publisher of the music of Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Josef Suk, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and many other composers up to the present day.
Prague: the last of the Bärenreiter locations is also the most recent. With this step, on 18 December 1991 the highly complicated privatisation of the music publishing part of the Czech State Publisher Supraphon was initiated. After many years’ of interim measures, this culminated in 1999 in the acquisition of all the shares and the transformation into a limited company. Now functioning autonomously, Bärenreiter Praha then began to revive the publication of Czech music, something which had been neglected after the end of Communism and the division of the country into two republics. This has been a great success, for 25 years after these modest beginnings, Bärenreiter Praha can once more confidently claim to be the natural home of the great Czech composers. New editions of works by Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Josef Suk, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and many other composers up to the present day are being published in Urtext editions, corresponding with the high standard of the “Bärenreiter Urtext” label.
After years of evaluation and the gradual reactivation of treasures from the Editio Supraphon catalogue, Bärenreiter Praha has been developing its own editorial policy for some time. Recent initiatives include the beginning of the Complete Edition of the Works of Bohuslav Martinů and the publication of the Missa Divi Xaverii by the Bohemian baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. A current project is the first performance of Josef Suk’s symphonic masterpiece Asrael using the critical new edition from Bärenreiter Praha. This will take place on 17 and 18 November 2016 with the Essen Philharmonic conducted by Tomáš Netopíl. Bärenreiter Praha’s music education titles play a prominent role in the Czech and Slovak market. The Prague subsidiary, with its 22 employees, is linked to the parent company in Kassel for sales and distribution. Bärenreiter Praha is sole distributor for products from the Bärenreiter Group in eastern central Europe and Eastern Europe including Russia.
The hire department also rents performance material from other international publishers for concert and stage works; companies represented include Boosey & Hawkes, Schott Music, Universal Edition, Casa Musicale Sonzogno, Faber Music, DSCH Publishers, Breitkopf & Härtel, Editions Henry Lemoine, Hans Sikorski and C. F. Peters, and of course Bärenreiter-Verlag itself.