early cover 1842
cover 1850s
dance cover ca.1900
Nagel's Musik-Archiv cover 1952



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

In 1835 (Georg Wilhelm) Adolph Nagel (1800–1873) acquired a music store and publishing business originally founded in 1819 by Christoph Bachmann in Hannover. In fact, they had been partners, publishing under the name Bachmann & Nagel until the end of 1834. Output was vigorous in the 19th century: piano pieces, dances, songs and male voice chorus works.

The story becomes rather complicated in the 20th century because the founder’s grandchildren sold the music store (1888) but continued to publish. Subsequently the music store was bought in 1913 by the enterprising Alfred Grensser (1884–1950), who saw a market for scores for young players, part of the 1920’s “youth movement”. Thus he stimulated a revival of interest in recorder music. A related field was forgotten Baroque and pre-classical works in the famous Nagel's Musik-Archiv (1927-), a series of over 200 scores which combine serious scholarship with suitability for amateur music-making.

The final chapter includes several events in a short period of time: the two Nagel publishing houses reuniting under Grensser (1941) wartime destruction prompting a move to Celle (1944) and, shortly after Grensser’s death, sale of the firm to Bärenreiter-Verlag (1952).

Source new Grove, German Wikipedia


Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • Bachmann et Nagel
  • [Hanovre:] A. Nagel
  • Nagel

Plate Numbers

  • Nagel's plates are in the following format: ####.
Plate Composer Work Year
0733 Marschner Sonatine facile et agréable, Op.91 1836
0872 Romberg, H. String Quintet, Op.10 (parts) 1841
0883 Enckhausen Elementar-Unterricht, Op.58 (books 3 & 4) 1842
1062 Enckhausen 3 Sonatinas, Op.76 (nos.1 & 2) 1850
1128 Enckhausen Des Pianoforte-Spielers erste Studien, Op.63 (vol.3) 1855
1146 Berendt Chansons scandinaves : Fantaisie, Op.7 1855
1189 Goltermann Capriccio, Op.24 1856
1298 Løvenskiold Sonatina, Op.27 1860
1323 Thieriot Serenade for piano duet, Op.5
1359 Hering 2 Leichte Trios, Opp.83, 84 (No.1) 1863

Authority control

  • VIAF (Nagel Publishers)