Robert Seitz

cover (1872)
cover (1872)
cover (1872)



This Leipzig firm had a short but frenetic existence between 1864 and 1884, with 365 publications being noted in Hofmeister's Monatsberichte. It published piano music, songs, choral works and chamber music by nearly every second-tier composer of the period (from the 21st century point of view): Julius Rietz, Ferdinand Hiller, Wilhelm Taubert, August Klughardt, Joachim Raff, Carl Reinecke, Franz Paul Lachner, Eduard Lassen, Franz Abt and Theodor Herbert's operatic fantasies for piano. It also co-issued several works by Camille Saint-Saëns, such as the Piano Quintet Op. 14 and Piano Trio No.1 Op.18, that were initially published in Paris, in 1868.

With the exception of two annuals published in January of 1883 and 1884 Seitz's last publication to be mentioned in Hofmeister's Monatsberichte appeared in the December, 1882 issue. Hofmeister's Handbuch (1887) notes that the firm was declared bankrupt on February 16, 1885 with all the rights of the company passing to Emil Gründel.

Incidentally, it has been said on this site that its stock was sold to Ries & Erler in the 1880s, but the Ries and Erler web site does not mention this. Furthermore, what relation, if any, Robert Seitz had with the music publisher also named Seitz located in Coburg (ca.1896-?) is not known.

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • Verlag von Robert Seitz


  • Leipzig (186x–188x)
  • Weimar (1872)

Plate Numbers

Seitz's plate numbers were issued in a regular chronological fashion. Plate numbers are in the format of R.S. ####. Dates in italics are estimated.

Plate Composer Work Year
027 Deurer Piano Trio, Op.4 1868
030 Köhler Technische Künstler-Studien, Op.147 1868
033 Hiller Grosses Duett, Op.135 1868
052 Swert Caprice sur un motif espagnol, Op.10 1869
088 Schauroth 6 Lieder ohne Worte, Op.18 1870
100 Jungmann Suite for Flute, Violin and Viola, Op.21 1871
255-256 Taubert String Quartet No.4, Op.183 (score & parts) 1872
307 Abert Concert-Ouverture (in E) (sc&pts) 1872
342 Raff Symphony No.5, Op.177 (full score) 1873
347 Meyer-Olbersleben 2 Romanzen, Op.5 1873
378 Rietz Konzertstück for Wind Quintet and Orchestra, Op.41 (piano score) 1873
379 Rietz Konzertstück for Wind Quintet and Orchestra, Op.41 (solo parts) 1873
465 Vogel 4 Lieder für 2 Singstimmen, Op.21 (book 2) 1875
471 Brüll Improvisata e Fuga, Op.17 1875
500 Thieriot Piano Quartet, Op.30 (score & parts) 1875
585 Raff Valse brillante, Op.156 (re-engraving from Raff-Album) 1877
585 Raff Capriccio, Op.197 (re-engraving from Raff-Album) 1877
585 Raff 2 Piano Pieces, Op.166 (re-engraving from Raff-Album) 1877
585 Raff 4 Piano Pieces, Op.196 (re-engraving from Raff-Album) 1877
585 Raff 2 Piano Pieces, Op.157 (No.1, re-engraving from Raff-Album) 1877

Sources Consulted