typical cover (1850)



Holle of North Germany was a major publisher of piano music in the mid 19th century.

In 1837 Auguste Holle, a widow, bought the firm Hartmann’sche Kunst- und Musikalienhandlung, founded in Wolfenbuttel, a small town near Braunschweig in Lower Saxony, which had been founded by C. H. Hartmann (1797-1840) in 1821, for her son Gottfried Friedrich Ludwig (Louis) Holle. Louis Holle built the firm into a thriving Music and Map publisher with its own printing works. There were many complete works for piano (Beethoven, Hummel, Weber etc), and classical works arranged for piano solo or duet in the catalog.

Holle was bought in 1872 by Daniel Grüneberg, of Grüneberg’s Buch- Kunst und Musikalienhandlung in Braunschweig, for his son in law Julius Zwissler (1848-1922). Zwissler had already founded his own publishing firm in nearby Braunschweig in 1872. In 1881 Zwissler became sole owner and changed the name to Julius Zwissler (L. Holle’s Nachfolger). However he was more interested in history book publishing than music, and sold the music side of the business to C.F.W. Siegel of Leipzig in 1894. He also disposed of the printing works.

The remainder of the history is given on the Möseler Verlag page.

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • Holle
  • L. Holle
  • Julius Zwissler (L. Holle’s Nachfolger)


  • Haus am Stadtmarkt, Wolfenbuttel

Engraving and Printing Partners

Plate Numbers

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

Plate Composer Work Year
92-94 Clementi Gradus ad Parnassum, Op.44
139 Diabelli Jugendfreuden, Op.163
229 Stolze 50 Kleine und leichte Orgel-Vorspiele zu den gebräuchlichsten Choralmelodieen für angehende Organisten, Op.22
266 Kuhlau 3 Rondolettos, Op.117 1855
279-335 Clementi Original Sonaten
337 Weber Der Freischütz, Op.77 (v.s.)
338 Weber Oberon, J.306 (v.s.)
393 Weber Jubel-Ouvertüre, Op.59 (arr. Stolze) 1869
396 Weber Grande ouverture, J.54 (arr. Stolze) 1869
397 Weber Abu Hassan, J.106 (overture, arr. Stolze) 1869
491 Mozart Die Zauberflöte, K.620 (overture arr. piano solo)
779 Bruni 6 Duets for Violin Solo (Witting ed.) 1863
984 Hérold Zampa (v.s.)
1083 Haydn 83 Quartette

Authority Control

Sources Consulted