Sellout? Schott gets rid of its historic archive

Sellout? Schott gets rid of its historic archive


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2014

The music publishers Schott, struggling in  tough market, has got rid of 240 years of history in a fire-sale.

Scott, based in Mainz since 1770, served Beethoven, Wagner and other giants, kept their contracts, manuscripts portraits and correspondence.

The archive has been bought for an undisclosed sum by a consortium led by the Bavarian State Library. It will be split between Munich and Berlin.




  • Simon S. says:

    “The archive has been bought … by a consortium led by the Bavarian State Library.”

    Could have been worse.

  • John Borstlap says:

    My experience with Schott exposed them as incompetent people.

  • Kind says:

    That’s good news! Not only the archive has been saved from greedy investors but it will be way easier to explore in the hear future.

  • Graham Lack says:

    And about time, too. Finally a chance for Orff scholars to delve into the records 1935-45?

  • Pedro says:

    Great news. The BSB in Munich has made a huge amount of musical treasures available online, in high-quality digital scans. Look forward to seeing the Schott collection in due course.

  • Evan Baker says:

    This is a poor choice of a word, “sellout”. The fact that the archive will move to public institutions is a blessing, which means that the material will be available to the public. In the past, Schott auctioned off several Wagner manuscripts, including the autograph libretto to “Tristan”. I thank the consortium for acquiring the archive, when Schott could have sold it off piece by piece.