F. Roerich & Co.

chamber music cover (1890s) marked formerly F Wessely.
zither music cover (1890s)


The Viennese publisher Rörich published a wide range of music from 1885. Most of its catalog was of light music for domestic use: dances for piano and songs with piano accompaniment.

At the same time some other genres were represented: there were some larger works of chamber music by Heinrich Molbe, and some church music such as Kirchenmusik-Werke oesterreichischer Meister, hrsg. vom Kirchenmusik-Verein an der Votivkirche in Wien edited by Theobald Kretschmann. There were also many works for zither.

Some covers suggest that Rörich took over Wessely & Büsing, although the latter firm was taken over by Vinzenz Kratochwill in 1885, then by Bosworth in 1889. Rörich itself was bought by Bosworth in about 1907.

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies

Plate Numbers

Prefixes: Typically F.R. for publications originating with Rörich (that were not republications from Wessely.)

Plate Composer Work Year
0052–53 Molbe String Quintet, Op.44 (score&parts) 1896
0061 Molbe Nonett, Op.61 (parts) 1897
0064 Molbe Sextet for Strings, Op.64 (parts) 1897
0083 Molbe Octet, Op.47 (full score) 1898
2859 Bass Romance fantastique, Op.12 (score & pt.) 1905