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History

The company's origins date to 1811 when Vincent Novello published A Collection of Sacred Music as performed at the Royal Portuguese Chapel. The publishing enterprise was under way in earnest when Novello and his son Alfred (1810-1896) opened a shop in London's Soho district in 1829. Alfred soon realized the value of making standard works available in inexpensive editions, which in turn enabled the rapid growth of chorus and singing societies throughout England. The firm expanded rapidly with the publication of popular choral collections such as Novello's Choral Handbook an Singing for the Million. By 1836, Novello was able to issue an octavo vocal score for Mendelssohn's oratorio St. Paul at a price so low that competing publishers could not believe it it was possible.

In 1844, Novello launched the periodicals The Musical Times and the Singing Class Circular, which included at least one new choral work in octavo format. These proved so popular that the octavo format was soon established the one most often used for choral music and vocal scores - a practice which continues to the present day. By 1847, Novello established their own printing facilities. Using an improved version of moveable type for musical notation, the choral series known as "Novello's Octavo Editions" was established. Along with thousands of choral works, vocal scores for Handel's operas and oratorios were issued, plus new choral works from Mendelssohn and other contemporary composers.

Absorbed firms include Coventry & Hollier (1849-1851), Ewer (1867), Elkin & Co. (1960), Goodwin & Tabb and Paxton (1971). Bought out by Music Sales, Ltd. in 1990s and merged with Chester, Hansen.

Editions

  • Purcell Society publications (1878-

Imprints, Agencies, Addresses

Imprints

  • Vincent Novello (1811-1866)
  • J. Alfred Novello (1829-November 1861)
  • [Novello's] Sacred Music Warehouse (1834-1856)
  • Novello & Co. (November 1861-1867)
  • Novello, Ewer & Co. (1867-1897)
  • Novello & Co., Ltd. (1898-

Addresses

  • 67 Frith Street, Soho (1829-1834)
  • 69 Dean Street (1834-1867)
  • 24 Poultry (May 1845-July 1856)
  • 389 Broadway, New York (August 1852-1859)
  • 35 Poultry (July 1856-1861)
  • Clinton Hall, Astor Place, New York (1859)
  • 1 Berners Street (December 1867-end of 1906)
  • Novello, Ewer & Co., 1, Berners St. W. and 80 & 81, Queen St. E.C.

Plate Numbers

Plate Composer Work Year
239 Mendelssohn Symphony No.5, Op.107 (Mvts. 3 & 4 arr. for organ by W.T. Best)
3533 Lemmens 4 Pieces for the Organ (1865)
3909 Zimmermann Spring Melody, Op.10 (1869)
3983 Zimmermann Gavotte, Op.14 (1870)
4909 Zimmermann Gavotte, Op.20 (1873)
5420 Gadsby Alcestis (vocal score) (1876)
5489 Stanford God is Our Hope and Strength, Op.8 (vocal score) (1877)
5712 Zimmermann Suite, Op.22 (1878)
6010 Abt The Wishing Stone (vocal score) (1880)
6180 King Night, Op.22 1884
6370 Gounod Wedding March No.1 (1880)
6592 Gounod La rédemption (Arr. organ solo) (1882)
6671 Zimmermann Bourrée, Op.24 (1883)
6715 Spohr Mass in C minor, Op.54 (1870)
7178 Gounod Mors et vita (Arr. organ solo) (1885)
7255 Gadsby The Forest of Arden (full score) (1886)
7319 Stanford Piano Quintet, Op.25 (1887)
7420 Bendl 12 Zigeunermelodien (Second Series) (1887)
7540 Bendl 12 Zigeunermelodien (First Series) (1887)
7545 Henselt Impromptu No.4, Op.37 (1888)
7719 Rheinberger Original Compositions for the Organ (1890)
7846 Stanford Piano Trio No.1, Op.35 1889
8004 Mackenzie A Jubilee Ode, Op.36 (vocal score) 1887
8005 Cowen Ruth (vocal score) 1887
8057 Stanford The Voyage of Maeldune, Op.34 (vocal score) 1889
8138 Stanford Eden, Op.40 (vocal score) 1891
8141 Parker The Kobolds, Op.21 (vocal score) 1891
8160 Parry The Lotos-Eaters 1892
8180 Cowen Summer on the River 1893
8183 Stanford East to West, Op.52 (vocal score) 1893
8207 Parry King Saul 1894
8306 Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38 1900
9110 Armes St. Barnabas 1881
9179 Dvořák Symphony No.8, Op.88 1892
9333 German Henry VIII 1892
9708 Henschel Te Deum laudamus, Op.52 (vocal score) 1893
10200 Speer The Jackdaw of Rheims, Op.8 (vocal score) 1896
10560 Coleridge-Taylor 4 Characteristic Waltzes, Op.22 1903
10661 German Much Ado about Nothing 1898
10815 Elgar Variations on an Original Theme ('Enigma'), Op.36 1899
11442 Davies The Temple, Op.14 (vocal score) 1902
11514 Parry Lady Radnor's Suite (full score) 1902
11571-74 Coleridge-Taylor 4 Novelletten for String Orchestra, Op.52 1903
12046 Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38 (1905)
12130 Elgar Introduction and Allegro, Op.47 1905
12338 Hollins Allegretto Grazioso 1906
12356 Parry Suite in D major 1907
12364 Parry Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy (1906)
12608 Bellairs Epic Ode 1907
12667 Elgar The Wand Of Youth, Suite No.1, Op.1a 1907
12728 Elgar The Wand Of Youth, Suite No.2, Op.1b 1908
13350 Karg-Elert Chaconne and Fugue Trilogy, Op.73 (Lemare ed.) 1910
13468 Elgar Romance, Op.62 (score) 1912
13598 Elgar Symphony No.2, Op.63 (pno solo red by Karg-Elert) 1912
13868 Kühmstedt Fantasia Eroica, Op.29 (1913)
14566 Elgar String Quartet, Op.83 (score) 1919
14635 Elgar Cello Concerto, Op.85 (cello/piano reduction) (1920)
14737 Elgar Cello Concerto, Op.85 (full score) (1921)
14748 Dupré Vêpres du commun des fêtes de la Sainte-Vierge, Op.18 1920
14946 Karg-Elert Homage to Händel, Op.75b 1922
14962 Karg-Elert 7 Pastels from the Lake of Constance, Op.96 1923
14981 Holst The Perfect Fool, Op.39 1923
16790 Medtner Violin Sonata No.3, Op.57 1940
18978 Frankel Piano Quartet, Op.26 1962

Catalogs

Sources Consulted

  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie.
New York and London: Macmillan Publications, 1980.
  • The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians in One Volume, compiled and edited by Albert E. Wier
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1938
  • Humphries, Charles and William C. Smith. Music Publishing in the British Isles from Beginning Until the Middle of the Nineteenth Century. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1970.

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