Sellout? Schott gets rid of its historic archive

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.



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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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