Wessel & Co.

Typical cover (1836)


Contents

History

Founded by Christian Rudolf Wessel (1797-1885) with William Stodart, Wessel & Stodart of London was active in publishing starting in 1824. Wessel began to publish the works of Chopin in 1833, and in 1836 gained exclusive British publishing rights for that composer. In 1838, Stodart backed out of the partnership, and in 1839 Frederic Stapleton replaced him until his own withdrawal in 1845. In 1860, Wessel retired and transferred his business to Edwin Ashdown and Henry John Parry, who had been his managers. Subsequent issues were made under the imprint Edwin Ashdown Ltd.

Imprints, Addresses

  • Wessel & Stodart (1824-1838)
  • Wessel & Stapleton (1839-1845)
  • Wessel & Co. (presumably 1845-1860)
  • 6 Frith Street, Soho Square (ca. 1838-1839)
  • 67 Frith Street, corner of Soho Square (ca. 1839-1846)
  • 229 Regent Street, corner of Hanover Square (ca. 1846-1856)
  • 18 Hanover Square (ca. 1856-1860)

Plate Numbers

Plate Composer Work Year
W. & Co. No. 907 Kuhlau 6 Divertissements for Flute and Piano, Op.68 (No.1) (1833)
W. & Co. No. 924 Chopin Piano Trio, Op.8 (1833)
W. & Co. No. 1662-63 Chopin Introduction et polonaise brillante, Op.3 1836
W. & Co. No. 1704 Clinton Grand Flute Trio No.2, Op.9 (1836)
W. & Co. No. 2141 Ganz The Secret that Lies in My Heart (1837)
W. & Co. No. 3098 Chopin Preludes, Op.28 (Nos.1-14) (1839)
W. & Co. No. 5416 Spohr Piano Quintet No.1, Op.53 (parts)
W. & Co. No. 6037 Ernst Introduction, Caprices et finale de 'Il Pirate', Op.19 (arr. for violin and piano) 1845
W. & Co. No. 6318 Chopin Polonaise-fantaisie, Op.61 1846
W. & Co. No. 6880 Hallé Miscellanées, Op.5 (No.1)
W. & Co. No. 6881 Hallé Miscellanées, Op.5 (No.2)
W. & Co. No. 8979 Oberthür Gems of Verdi, Op.149

Sources Consulted

  1. Institutions Related to Chopin: Wessel & Co. :The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, accessed 18 August 2011.
  2. Humphries, Charles and William C. Smith. Music Publishing in the British isles From the Beginning Until the Middle of the Nineteenth Century. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1970.

External Links

Authority control

  • VIAF (Wessel & Co. (Music publisher))