Heinrichshofen's Verlag

typical children's work cover 1890
typical cover 1910
decorative cover 1912
Seitz' popular Student Concerto series 1894-1918, 1922 revised edition



Heinrichshofen was one of an energetic group of publishers in the former Kingdom of Hannover and Duchy of Brunswick, (present day Lower Saxony and Saxony-Ahnhalt) such as Nagel and Bachmann (Hannover), Litolff (Braunschweig) and Möseler Verlag (Wolfenbuttel).

Heinrichshofen has been a family firm for over 200 years. Wilhelm Heinrichshofen (1782–1881) started working in 1797 at Keil’s bookshop in Magdeburg. In the 19th century the city was in the Prussian state of Saxony, but is now the capital of Saxony-Anhalt. Wilhelm took over the business in 1806 and used his own name. The firm passed from father to son for the rest of the century: Theodor Heinrichshofen (1815-1901) from 1840-1884 then Adalbert Heinrichshofen (1859-1932) from 1884.

In the second half of the century they greatly expanded, taking over several smaller publishers, including: Siegel & Schimmel (Berlin) in 1901, M. Bahn (Berlin) in 1902, Luckhardt (Stuttgart) in 1905, and Albert Rathke (Magdeburg) in 1912. They specialized in piano works for amateurs and educational works. Hofmeister's Monatsberichte lists approximately 1,000 works published by the firm between 1830 and 1900. Among these the composer and arranger named Franz Xaver Chwatal figures large, with 269 opus numbers (for piano), and many arrangements for 2 pianos 8 hands, between 1830 and 1874.

The family tradition continued in the 20th century, with Adalbert Heinrichshofen’s grandson Otto Heinrich Noetzel (1909-1987) taking control in 1932. There were more acquisitions: the Maestoso series from Drei Masken Verlag(1927) Edition Adler GmbH (Berlin) (1933) and Westend-Verlag (Berlin) (1937). Popular music was also added to the catalog.

In 1945 Magdeburg, like Leipzig, found itself in the Russian occupation zone, which soon became the communist German Democratic Republic, so rather than undergo nationalization the family moved the firm to Wilhelmshaven in West Germany, near Bremen on the north German coast.

From the 1950s steady growth continued, with more acquisitions: Impero Verlag (Wiesbaden) in 1963, Edition Vinzenz Hladky (Vienna) in 1969, and Sirius Verlag (Berlin) in 1969. Noetzel Edition started in 1964. Then in the 1980s there were several big changes, with a move in the direction of popular music, the takeover of Dance Motion Verlag (Bonn) in 1983, the spinning off of a separate book publishing company Heinrichshofen-Bücher in 1986, and the start of Ars Musica Verlag (Wilhelmshaven).

Following Otto Heinrich Noetzel’s death in 1987 his widow Eva Noetzel took over, assisted by her son-in-law Dr. Viktor Kreiner until 1998. Finally, in 2003 she handed over the firm to her children, the present owners Katharina Kreiner and Prof. Rötger Noetzel.

Heinrichshofen specializes in instrumental music of all kinds, especially educational works, chamber music, piano, recorder, guitar, and contemporary music. It also publishes scholarly critical editions (Reinhard Keiser, Andreas Romberg, Louise Farrenc), the works of Wolfgang Hofmann (1922-2003), organ music, and Lutheran hymnals. In addition, there are many books on music in the catalog.

Imprints, Agencies, Addresses


  • Heinrichshofen'sche Musikalien-Handlung
  • Heinrichshofen's Verlag
  • Ars Musica Verlag
  • Noetzel Edition
  • Noetzel Verlag
  • Heinrichshofen-Bücher
  • Heinrichshofen


  • Founding - 1948 : Magdeburg (specific address?)
1948 - now : Wilhelmshaven, northern Germany

Plate Numbers

Heinrichshofen's plate numbers were issued in a regular chronological fashion. Dates in italics are estimated.
Plate numbers appear with several prefixes in the following formats:

  • T. v. H. ### (for ?)
  • W.H. ### (for ?)
  • H.M. #### (for Heinrichshofen'sche Musikalien-Handlung)
  • H.V. #### (for Heinrichshofen's Verlag)

Note: when Heinrichshofen re-issued scores originally published by Albert Rathke it apparently added two leading digits to Rathke's plate number and removed Rathke's prefix. See, for example, 2 Pieces faciles, Op.26 in which A.R. 436 was re-issued as H.V. 12436.

Plate Composer Work Year
00235 Bazzini Scherzo Variato, Op.13 1851
00549 Graben-Hoffmann Der Zecher, Op.10 1854
00798 Raff 3 Lieder, Op.49 1852
00822 Raff 2 Italienische Lieder, Op.50 1852
00935 Raff Frühlingsboten, Op.55 1853
00998-999 Liszt Andante Finale und Marsch aus der Oper König Alfred, S.421 1854
01033 Wellesz Violin Concerto, Op.84 (vn/pf red.) 1962
01257 Taubert Aschenbrödel, Op.115 1857
01389 Fahrbach Album für Flötenspieler, Op.47 (no.2) 1858
01527 Oesten Lebende Bilder, Op.157 1860
02009 Stahlknecht Cello Concerto, Op.14 (cello/pf red.) 1867
02240-41 Zingarelli Solfeggi 1872
02427 Tschirch Epheu Salon-Stück, Op.81 1873
02527 Matys Duo for 2 Cellos, Op.52 1876
02538 Matys Duo for 2 Cellos, Op.53 1876
03098 Eilenberg Wir spielen Soldat, Op.73 (arr. violin/piano) 1890
03230 Bruch 9 Lieder, Op.60 1892
03475 Hildach 5 Lieder, Op.19 (no.5) 1894
07876 Galuppi Qui tollis peccata mundi (Teschner ed.) 1878
09012 Simon Weihnachtsglocken des Eremiten, Op.466 1903
09138 Kauffmann Wind Quintet, Op.40 1905
09249 Jessel Die Parade der Zinnsoldaten, Op.123 (arr. theater orch.) 1905
09488 Scheinpflug Violin Sonata, Op.13 1908
09535 Kaun Violin Sonata, Op.82 1908
09572 Scheinpflug Ouverture zu einem Lustspiel von Shakespeare, Op.15 (full score) 1908
09634 Söchting Rollung und Schwung, Op.104 1910
11133 Scheinpflug String Quartet, Op.16 (parts) 1912
11276 Söchting Arpeggien und Passagen, Op.127 1913
11315 Seitz Ungarische Rhapsodie, Op.47 1913
11589 Scheinpflug Trio Suite for Piano Trio, Op.19 1916
11692 Söchting Schule des polyphonen Spiels, Op.172 1920
11760 Söchting Melodische charakteristische Etüden, Op.176 1921
12974 Kullak Scenes from Childhood, Op.81 (nos.9-12)
13264 Gurlitt Das kleine Konzert


Authority Control

  • VIAF (Heinrichshofen's Verlag (Magdeburg))
  • VIAF (Heinrichshofen's Verlag (Wilhelmshaven))


Sources Consulted