Gebethner and Wolff

Gebethner i Wolff - logo.jpg
Early cover 1858
Gall's hit song 1892
The imposing head office building in Warsaw, 1907
Serious work cover 1912
Late cover 1928



In 1857 Polish-born Gustav Gebethner (1831-1901) and Robert Wolff (1832-1910) started their Warsaw bookselling and music publishing company, which flourished in the peaceful and increasingly prosperous Eastern Europe of the second half of the 19th century. They specialized in contemporary Polish composers such as Moniuszko, in addition to the first Polish complete Chopin edition. There was a prodigious output, about 7000 works in all.

In the 1890s they opened a branch in Cracow, in the south of Poland. The reason for this was to take advantage of the better copyright protection in Austro-Hungary. Unlike the Russian Empire, in which Warsaw was located, Austro-Hungary, of which Galicia, stretching across the Northern Carpathian foothills from Cracow, (Krakau, now Krakow) in the west to Lvov (Lemberg, now Lviv in the Ukraine) in the East, was a province, had signed the Berne convention (1886) on intellectual rights.

Finally the company was nationalized after the second world war, becoming part of Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne.


Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


Gebethner & Co. (1857–1860s?)
Gebethner and Wolff (1860s–?)



Plate Numbers

Gebethner and Wolff's plate numbers were issued in a fairly regular chronological fashion. Plate numbers are in the format of G.&C. ### (G.C. ###, or G. ### C.) for early publications and G. ##### W. for latter ones. Estimated dates appear in italics.

G.&C. ###, G.C. ###, or G. ### C.

Plate Composer Work Year
6b Modzelewski Valse, Op.10 (score and part) 1858
8-30 Moniuszko Halka (Polish/Italian vocal score) 1858
73 Łodwigowski Bouquet de mélodies de l’opéra 'Halka', Op.50 (Cahier I) 1860
74 Łodwigowski Bouquet de mélodies de l’opéra 'Halka', Op.50 (Cahier II) 1860
78 Nowakowski Fantaisie sur l'opéra 'Halka', Op.51 1860

G. #### W.

Plate Composer Work Year
0175 Łodwigowski Bouquet des mélodies sur l’opéra 'Hrabina', Op.51 1861
0196 Kurpiński Polonaise 'Witaj Królu'
0223 Łodwigowski Skarbiec melodyj polskich, Op.53 (book 1) 1862
0278 Moniuszko Halka (arr. for solo piano) 1864
0309 Łodwigowski Skarbiec melodyj polskich, Op.53 (book 4) 1864
0503 Moniuszko Polish Mass in E minor
0556 Kontski Souvenir de Carlsbad, Op.151
0849 Kurpiński Polonaise 'Witaj Królu' (arr. for piano 4-hands by Łodwigowski) 1875
0872 Łodwigowski Fleurs de Varsovie, Op.57 1877
0878 Moniuszko Pieśń Wieczorna (arr. for solo piano by Maurice Dietrich)
1185 Godard Suite de danses anciennes et modernes, Op.103 (No.4) 1889
1247 Gall 5 Lieder, Op.1 (No.3) 1892?
1378 Ślaski Trzy piosenki ludowe 1892
1640 Gregh Je pense à vous, Op.42 1895
1741 Krasuski Mój skarb, Op.45
1881 Navrátil 3 Ballades, Op.14 (No.3) 1897
1895 Krasuski La Reine du coeur, Op.41 1897
1913 Żeleński 25 Preludes, Op.38 1897
1920 Navrátil 3 Ballades, Op.14 (No.2) 1897
1922 Chopin Preludes, Op.28 (No.7 arr. for violin/cello and piano) 1897
1929 Chopin Mazurkas, Op.7 (No.2 arr. for violin/cello and piano) 1897
1932 Goltermann 2 Pièces de Salon, Op.13 (No.1)
1943 Hauser Mes adieux a Varsovie, Op.5
1960 Moniuszko Prząśniczka 1897
1981 Chopin Piano Sonata No.2, Op.35 (Marche funèbre arr. for violin/cello and piano) 1897
2090 Schytte 6 Instruktive Vortrags-Studien, Op.90 (Nos.1 & 2) 1898
2119 Wolff L'Ami Musical (Book 1) 1898
2121 Wolff L'Ami Musical (Book 3) 1898
2185 Wolff L'Ami Musical (Book 2) 1898
2521 Moniuszko Pieśń Wieczorna (arr. for solo piano) 1902
2658 Gurlitt Feuilles volantes, Op.112 (selections)
2658-2659 Gurlitt Kleine Blumen, Op.205 (selections)
2659 Gurlitt Album pour la jeunesse, Op.140 (No.20)
2759 Moniuszko Gwiadzka (arr. for solo piano) 1903
2775 Berlioz La damnation de Faust, H 111 (Ballet des Sylphes arr. for solo piano) 1903
2791 Rosen Gammes et exercises journaliers 1903
2862 Löw Douces vacances, Op.433 No.3 1904
2962 Martini Plaisir d'amour (arr. for solo piano) 1904
2991 Jadassohn 3 Morceaux de salon, Op.25 (No.3) 1904
3421 Grieg Lyric Pieces, Op.12 (No.7 arr. for violin/cello and piano) 1905
3761 Schytte Jugendfreuden, Op.97 (No.1) 1905
4484 Moniuszko Milda (full score) 1909
4717 Wertheim 4 Préludes, Op.2 1910
4863 Melcer-Szczawiński Valse à la Chopin 1911
4889 Karłowicz Stanisław i Anna Oświecimowie, Op.12 (full score) 1912
5010 Melcer-Szczawiński 3 Pensées musicales (No.2) 1911
5018 Melcer-Szczawiński 3 Pensées musicales (No.3) 1911
5019 Melcer-Szczawiński 3 Pensées musicales (No.1) 1911
5048 Wertheim 2 Préludes, Op.5 1911
5049 Wertheim Variations sur un thème original, Op.4 1911
5059 Chopin Impromptu No.1, Op.29 (arr. by Michalowski) 1912
5079 Karłowicz Smutna opowieść (Preludia do wieczności), Op.13 (full score) 1912
5082 Szymanowski Violin Sonata, Op.9 1911
5217 Karłowicz Praeludium and Double Fugue, Op.5 1912
5326 Chopin Polonaises, Op.40 (No.2 arr. for violin,cello, and piano) 1912
5334 Karłowicz Violin Concerto, Op.8 (for violin and piano) 1912
5358 Wieniawski Rondeau, Op.15 (rev. ed.) 1913
6131 Chojecki Niech żyje niepodległa zjednoczona Polska 1918
6156 Chopin Waltzes, Op.69 (No.2 arr. for violin and piano) 1920
6531 Szymanowski 6 Songs, Op.20 1925
6534 Melcer-Szczawiński Stary Kapral 1925
6544 Szymanowski 3 Fragments, Op.5 (No.3) 1928


Plate Composer Work Year
(43) Moniuszko Ojcze nasz in E minor

Sources Consulted

  1. Grove 6th ed
  2. Wikipedia (Polish).

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