Historical Archive of the Music Publishing House Schott: Production Archive

Published by Robert Coldwell on

The production archive from B. Schott’s Söhne, Mainz is now located in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. It contains about 80,000 sources, consisting of about 60,000 items of printed music and 20,000 music manuscripts.

The digitized scores are searchable through Digital Collections entry point, and the full collection is searchable in the main catalog OPACplus. The Stichbücher des Verlags B. Schott’s Söhne and Druckbücher des Verlags B. Schott’s Söhne are incredible resource documents as they list each published work by plate number, the dates each print run was completed, the number of prints for each run and other information regarding revisions. The books have been digitized, but are not easily searchable because of the handwritten entries. In the catalog they are not titled so they can be sorted easily either. The list below contains links to each book in ascending plate number order making it easy to find the source of most Schott editions. I have discovered that due to the different Schott offices not all plate numbers are included in these books. It appears that any edition that was printed through a different Schott office besides the one in Mainz is skipped over in these books. They were careful not to duplicate plate numbers but they did not centralize the documentation regarding the printing.


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