C.G. Röder

The works in 1927
advert from exhibition catalog 1914
advert for Berlin Branch 1902-
printing press



Music engraving and printing firm founded by Carl Gottlieb Röder (1812-1883) in 1846 after a decade apprenticeship with Breitkopf & Härtel. Röder was the first to successfully adopt lithographic printing technology to music (1863). Under the management of his two sons-in-law, the firm rapidly grew to be the largest of its kind in the world - with over 1000 engravers employed in the production of engraved scores for nearly all major publishers. By 1900 branches were opened in both London and Paris.

Röder became a publicly traded company in 1930, three years after the death of the Röder's last successor Carl Johannes Reichel. The firm's Leipzig facilities were heavily damaged in WW II and it was subsequently nationalized by the Communist regime (1947) - operating as Röderdruck. During this era, the Soviet State Music Publisher, Muzgiz, had some of its more important volumes engraved and printed there. In 1972 the company merged into Offizin Andersen Nexö. The old Röder facilities in Leipzig have apparently been converted into rental spaRoder Berl pic.jpgce operating under the name Saxonia Loft GmbH Projekt ehemalige Notendruckerei C.G. Röder.

Publishing Companies printing with Röder

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • Graphische Anstalt von C.G. Röder (1846-)
  • C.G. Röder
  • "Stich und Druck der Röder'schen Officin in Leipzig"
  • Stich und Druck von C.G. Röder, Leipzig (around 1900)
  • Lith Anst C G Röder, Lpzg.

Sources Consulted

  • 1. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie.
New York and London: Macmillan Publications, 1980.
  • 2. Wier, Albert E. The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians in One Volume
New York: The Macmillan Co., 1938.

Authority control

  • VIAF (C.G. Röder (Firm))