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History

V. Bessel and Co. (often transliterated W. Bessel & Co.) was founded in 1869 in St. Petersburg by Vasily Vasil’yevich Bessel (1843-1907). His brother Ivan was a co-owner of the firm. In 1871, an engraving and printing facility was established at the premises on Nevsky Prospekt. Bessel mainly published works by prominent Russian composers, notably Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Anton Rubinstein, Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky and the members of the New Russian Musical School — Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, César Cui, Mily Balakirev, and Aleksandr Borodin. A Moscow branch office was opened in 1888.

Bessel issued a weekly magazine Muzykal’ny Listok (The Musical Leaf) was issued from September 3, 1872 to June 5, 1877, and Muzykal’noye Obozrenie (The Musical Revue) from 1885 to 1888. After the revolution (1918), the company was moved to Paris, where it continued to operate until sometime after the Second World War.

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Imprints, Addresses, Agencies

Imprints

  • W. Bessel & Co.
  • W. Bessel et Cie.
  • V. Bessel (В. Бессель)

Plate Numbers

Bessel plate numbers sometimes employed prefix and suffix letters. When the letters were used, the most common form encountered is W. #### B.

Plate Composer Work Year
122 Cui Prisoner of the Caucasus - Overture (arr. N. N. Purgold) (1870)
153 Dargomyzhsky The Stone Guest 1871
241 Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet (arr. piano 4 hds.) (1871)
301-306 Tchaikovsky 6 Romances, Op.16 (1874)
340 Cui Scherzo No.1, Op.1 (piano 4-hd. arr.) (1872)
348 Mussorgsky Boris Godunov (1st ed. vocal score) 1872
379 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2, Op.17 - (arr. piano 4 hds.) (1873)
400-427 Tchaikovsky The Oprichnik - vocal score (1874)
495-500 Tchaikovsky 6 Pieces, Op.21 (pf. version) (1874)
588 Cui Mystic Chorus, Op.6 (vocal score) 1875
606 Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet (orch. parts) (1874)
621-626 Tchaikovsky 6 Romances, Op.25 (1875)
634-664 Cui Angelo (vocal score) (1876)
672 Borodin Symphony No.2 (arr. pf4h) 1878
782 Cui Tarantella, Op.12 (full score) (1882)
1059 Liszt Recitation, Der blinde Sänger, S.350 1877
1538 Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov) (1887)
1560 Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (ed. Rimsky-Korsakov) (1887)
1586-1589 Cui Suite for Piano, Op.21 1885
1822–1833 Cui Miniatures, Op.20 (vn/pf arr.) 1885
1993-1999 Cui 7 Mélodies, Op.32 (1888)
2007 Cui Valse-caprice, Op.26 (1889)
2204-2212 Cui À Argenteau, Op.40 (1888)
2458–2460 Cui 3 Mouvements de valse, Op.41 1891
2462 Cui Scherzo No.1, Op.1 (orch arr.) 1888
2480 Borodin Symphony No. 2 - orch. parts (1891)
3204 Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet (arr. 2 pianos, Klindworth) (1895)
3206 Grodzky 4 Miniatures, Op.10 (1892)
3960 Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet (arr. 2 pianos, 8 hds., Schaefer) (1898)
4273 Cui À Argenteau, Op.40 (full score, selections orch. Glazunov) (1899)
4434 Cui À Argenteau, Op.40 (new engraving of No. 6, replaces plate 2209) (1898?)
4849 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan - vocal score 1901
4867-69 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Suite, Op.57
(arr. piano 4 hands, N. Rimskaia-Korsakova)
(1901)
4880 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Suite, Op.57 - full score 1901
4882 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan - full score (1904)
4923 Borodin Symphony No.2 (Chernov 2-pf arr.) (1905)
5282 Lyadov Scherzo in D major, Op.16 (1888/1900)
6470 Mussorgsky Boris Godunov (ed. Rimsky-Korsakov, piano arr.) 1909
6700 Borodin Symphony No. 2 (arr. piano, K. Chernov) (1912)
7332 Akimenko 3 Pieces, Op.60bis (1915)
8285 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Interlude: Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. piano, J. Stirmer)
1926
8366 Rimsky-Korsakov The Tale of Tsar Saltan - vocal score, rev. ed. 1929

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