Max Brockhaus

Typical cover (ca.1890)
Pfitzner work cover (1898)
Typical opera vocal score cover (1903)



Brockhaus is the most famous German language encyclopedia, started around 1800 by Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus. Max Brockhaus (1867-1957) belonged to this dynasty. The family had strong connections with the 19th century musical world, because in mid-century two of Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus's sons married Wagner's sisters. While Max Brockhaus's brothers and cousins went into publishing, academia or politics, Max decided to use his musical leanings.

Brockhaus founded his music publishing company in 1893 by acquiring the catalogs of Hermann Haessel, Eduard Wedl, and part of the catalog of Joseph Roth. Thus the firm started with a catalog of works by Jakob Ils, Ignaz Brüll, Jacob Dont, Robert Fuchs, Carl Reinecke, Rudolf Bibl und Franz Schubert. Brockhaus took a personal interest in the music of Hans Pfitzner and began publishing his compositions in 1898, including reprints of those first published by Feuchtinger.

The firm became famous for publishing operas between 1893 and 1914, first by Humperdinck (Königskinder (1897)), then by Pfitzner (Der arme Heinrich) , Siegfried Wagner, Karel Weis („Der polnische Jude“), Richard Heuberger („Barfüßele“), Anselm Götzl („Zierpuppen“), Bodo Sigwart („Die Lieder des Euripides“) and Hans Hermann Wetzler („Die baskische Venus“).

In 1976 the company was merged with the Bonn publisher, Joachim von Roebel (1945-2004). In 2006 there was a major revision to the company that resulted in several reprints of public domain works. On January 1, 2020, the publisher and their entire catalog was taken over by Bärenreiter.



  • Max Brockhaus Musikverlag

Plate Numbers

M.B ###.
Works taken over from other publishers retain their plate numbers:
Edward Wedl: E.W.W.N.##, as here.
Julius Feuchtinger: J.F. ###

Plate Composer Work Year
001 Brüll Serenade No.3, Op.67 (arr. piano 4 hands) 1893
138 Pistl Praktischer Lehrgang für den Unterricht im Orgelspiel 1894
256-258 Brüll 3 Duets, Op.74 1895
271 Bach Trio Sonata in G major, Wq.157 (H 583) (arr. by Fuchs) 1896
285 Humperdinck Königskinder (act 3 intro for piano and harmonium arr. Lange) 1897
291 Humperdinck Albumblatt (various arr. by Hermann) 1896
309 Leoncavallo Sérénade 1898
331-35 Pfitzner 5 Lieder, Op.9 1898
346-52 Pfitzner 7 Lieder, Op.2 1898
353a Wagner Der Bärenhäuter, Op.1 (overture) 1899
393 Wagner Herzog Wildfang, Op.2 (Kermess-Walzer) 1901
416 Humperdinck Cradle Song 1901
434 Humperdinck Dornröschen (complete work or exc.) 1902
439-44 Pfitzner 5 Lieder, Op.11 1902
466 Humperdinck Die Heirat wider Willen 1905
468 Humperdinck Die Lerche 1912
520 Pfitzner An den Mond, Op.18 1906
521-22 Pfitzner 2 Lieder, Op.19 1906
558 Humperdinck Was ihr wollt (vocal score) 1908
572-75 Pfitzner 4 Lieder, Op.24 1909
576 Humperdinck Königskinder (vocal score) 1911
577a Humperdinck Königskinder (Zwei Orchesterstücke) 1910
589 Humperdinck Dornröschen (For 2 voices and piano) 1911
591 Humperdinck Königskinder (for piano arr. Rödelberger) 1911
598 Pfitzner Die Rose vom Liebesgarten (vocal score Wolfes ed.) 1901
600 Pfitzner String Quartet No.1, Op.13 (full score) 1903
610 Wagner Sonnenflammen, Op.8 (vocal score) 1913
632-36 Pfitzner 5 Lieder, Op.26 1916
709a Ambrosius Symphony No.4, Op.42 (fs) 1924

All Plates

Plate #Full PlateComposerWorkIMSLP #Full YearYear

Contact Information

  • Address: Weingärtenstraße 2,
53424 Remagen-Rolandswerth, Germany
  • Telephone: +49 2228 9123-88
  • Fax: +49 2228 9123-99

Sources Consulted

  • 1., accessed August 13, 2011.
  • 2. Plesske, Hans-Martin. "Brockhaus, Max." Grove Music Online. 2001

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