Adolf Martin Schlesinger (1769 – 1838) and Maurice Schlesinger (1798 – 1871) were a father and son music publishing business in Berlin and Paris, respectively. In an earlier post we mentioned the Paris house of Schlesinger had published Franz Danzi’s early wind quintets (op 56) in 1821. As a mark of the firm’s respectablilty and status, the Schlesingers also published works of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Berlioz. Interestingly, Richard Wagner was employed by the Paris branch in the 1840’s, to write piano arrangements for the popular market. That does seem ironic, considering in retrospect the well-known anti-semitic attitudes of Herr Wagner. And speaking of such attitudes in 19th century Germany, the elder Schlesinger (Adolf Martin) had been the subject of anti-Semitic remarks by Beethoven himself (1). However, that didn’t stop Beethoven from commissioning the Schlesingers to further publish his late quartets and sonatas (2). Here’s a portrait of Adolf Martin from the collection of the Beethoven-Haus Archive in Bonn (3):
Adolf Martin Schlesinger (1769 – 1838)
- Anderson, Letters of Beethoven, 1961.
- “Adolf martin Schlesinger”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Martin_Schlesinger. 4.03.2016; “Maurice Schlesinger”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Schlesinger. 3.03.2016; and “Schlesinger”. http://imslp.org/wiki/Schlesinger. 4.03.20163.
- MartinSchlesinger (Berlin). Peoplecheck.de. Digital Archives of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Accessed via Google Search “Images – Adolf Martin Schlesinger”. 5.03.2016