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Founded 1795 by the composer Ignace Joseph Pleyel (1757-1831) in Paris. In the course of 39 years, the firm issued approximately 4000 works, including notable editions of works by Pleyel's colleagues Boccherini, Beethoven, Clementi, Cramer, Dussek, Haydn, Hummel, and Onslow along with his own works and those of his son Camille Pleyel (1788-1855). In 1801, Pleyel issued the landmark Collection complette des quatuors d’Haydn, consisting of some 80 quartets. Three additional quartets were added in subsequent printings of the collection, as Haydn composed them. Pleyel established relationships with most major publishers in Europe during this period, including the Vienna firms of Artaria and Hoffmeister, Breitkopf und Härtel (Leipzig), Hummel (Amersterdam), and N. Simrock (Bonn). Pleyel was the first publisher to issue miniature scores (the series Bibliotheque Musicale), starting with four symphonies of his former teacher Joseph Haydn in 1802. The series continued with scores of the Haydn quartets and chamber music of Beethoven, Hummel and Onslow.

Engravers employed by Pleyel include Lobry, Petit, Marquerie, Richomme, and Richault. The composers Kalkbrenner, Méhul, Rossini were actually investors in Pleyel's firm, and subscriptions were sold to a significant number of notable musicians of the period (Cherubini, Dussek, Grétry, Kreutzer, Méhul, Salomon, Viotti) along with a number of important names in the Vienna aristocracy. The firm survived its founder's death only 3 years, selling off its entire stock and engraved plates to the Parisian publishers Delloy, Lemoine, Prilipp, Richault and Schlesinger in 1834.

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies

Plate Numbers

Plate Composer Work Year
0009 Pleyel 3 Keyboard Trios, B.465-467 (parts) 1796
0146 Boccherini 6 String Quintets, G.307-312 (Op.28) - G.308, 310 (parts) 1798/99
0261 Boccherini 6 String Quintets, G.307-312 (Op.28) - G.307, 312 (parts) 1802
0785 Dussek La consolation, Op.62 (first ed.) 1807?
0826 Adam, L. Piano Sonata, Op.9 1809?
0829 Dussek Sonatas for Piano Four-Hands, Op.67
0853 Adam, L. Piano Sonata, Op.10 1810
0858 Adam, L. 12 walzes, Op.11 1810
1064 Krommer 3 String Quartets, Op.85 (no.2, parts) 1814
1065 Beethoven Cello Sonata No.3, Op.69
1066 Krommer String Quartets, Op.72 (parts) 1814
1168 Kalkbrenner Grande fantaisie sur l'air écossais 'Robin Adair', Op.21 1816
1188 Pleyel 3 Piano Trios, Op.1 (parts) 1815/16
1190 Pleyel Un troubadour béarnais, avec variation 1815/16
1260 Pleyel Violin Sonata in A, Op.2 (sc&pt) 1817
1522 Onslow Cello Sonata, Op.16 No.3 (with viola part) 1820/21
1639 Pixis Introduction et Rondeau sur un thème de Caraffa, Op.63 1823/24
1682 Pixis Caprice, Op.76 1824
2854 Kalkbrenner Piano Concerto No.3, Op.107 (pts) 1832
2869 Hünten, W. Rondo brillant, Op.30 (on La Straniera) 1832


  • 1. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie.
New York and London: Macmillan Publications, 1980.

Authority control

  • VIAF (Pleyel (Firm))

Further Reading

Possibly really useful?

  • Benton, Rita; Halley, Jeanne (1990). Pleyel as music publisher : a documentary sourcebook of early 19th-century music. Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press. ISBN 9780918728616 . OCLC 20014950.
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