1850s cover
1892 cover
G&S The Sorcerer (2nd ed 1880) cover



Metzler & Co. of London published music from the 1820s to the 1920s. The works were mainly light- dances for piano and solo songs. There were also many operettas, of which the most famous was Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer (1877).

Although it was far from being a minor publisher, the firm's main activity was piano making. It was started in the 18th century, by Valentin Metzler in 1788; it became Metzler & Son in 1816 when his son George Richard was recruited. The name became Metzler & Co. in 1833 and George Thomas Metzler, the third generation of Metzlers, was in charge from 1867. Later it became a limited company (1893), and was finally bought by J.B. Cramer & Co., another combined piano-maker and publisher, in 1931.

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • Metzler
  • Metzler & Son 1816-1833
  • Metzler & Co. 1833-1931


  • 37, Great Marlborough St. London W.
  • 35, 36, 37, 38, Great Marlborough St. (latter half of the 19th century)

Plate Numbers

  • The letters M.##### were usually included as part of the plate numbering scheme.
    Dates in italics are estimated.
Plate Composer Work Year
2326 Gabriel, V. Ruby 1850s
4774–79 Raff Suite No.7 for Piano, Op.204 1877
5001 Sullivan The Sorcerer (first ed. v.s.) 1877
7841 Cowen 9 Songs written by Longfellow 1892

Sources Consulted