Bärenreiter Corporate Profile
Bärenreiter is one of the leading publishers of classical music worldwide with offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic and has earned an international reputation for reliable editions.
Its name is inseparably linked with presenting scholarly findings to performing musicians. Bärenreiter’s famous Urtext Editions are the first choice for the professional, student and amateur musician alike.
At Bärenreiter the label “urtext” describes a scholarly critical edition based on all known sources. In the past, it has often been difficult for musicians to really know if what they were playing was true to the composer’s intentions. Publications were heavily elaborated with editors’ own – often questionable – additions and interpretations. In order to adequately judge the quality of an edition, musicians would need to examine manuscripts and sources themselves.
Bärenreiter takes on all this background work for you, our aim being to produce urtext editions reflecting the latest musicological research. Our editors, experts in their field, strive to set down a work as closely as possible to the composer’s intentions. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Bärenreiter’s musicologists often have to travel around the world to track down sources for a composition. They work like detectives, deciphering manuscripts which are sometimes almost illegible and evaluating conflicting sources.