Decorative cover (1888)
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Typical cover (1896)
Typical cover (1907)
Typical cover (1914)
Typical cover (1924)



This has remained a family firm through four generations, and through some of the most turbulent years in central European history. The firm was first founded 1876 in St. Petersburg, Russia as a music store by a German, Julius Heinrich Zimmermann (1851-1923). The principal place of business was moved to Leipzig in 1886, though branch offices were retained in St. Petersburg and Moscow, renamed Lemberg, Le Cayet & Co. just before the first world war. However, the Russian branches were confiscated by the Soviet regime in 1919.

The company management was taken over by the founder's son Wilhelm (1891-1946) after Julius Heinrich's death in 1923. The Russian connection was not forgotten, however, and Medtner was favored, among other emigre Russians, along with light music between the wars. In 1928 the music publishing business was legally separated from the other businesses, using the name Wilhelm Zimmermann.

Having survived the 2nd world war, the Leipzig business was nationalized by the communist regime in the new "German Democratic Republic" in 1953, and so the firm moved to Frankfurt am Main. The post-war directors were Edith Hart-Krieckler (Wihelm Zimmermann's widow) (1946-1975) Maja-Maria Reis (Edith Hart-Krieckler's daughter) (1975-2000) and finally Cornelia Großmann (Maja-Maria Reis's daughter) (2000-present).

Imprints, Agencies, Addresses

Plate Numbers

Plate Composer Work Year
01047-48 Michaelis Neue Praktische Schule für das Harmonium, Op.14 1888
01208 Reinecke Trauermarsch, Op.200 (piano) 1888
01282 Köhler Marsch der Aengstlichen, Op.37 1888
01285 Köhler Echo, Op.40 1888
01323 Terschak Russian Rhapsody, Op.176 1888
01351-66 Reinecke Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, Op.202 1888
01468 Erlanger Violin Sonata, Op.44 1890
02094 Andersen Allegro Militaire, Op.48 1894
02348 Terschak Schneeflocken, Op.197 1897
02356 Büchner Flute Concerto No.1, Op.38 (flute, piano arr.) 1896
02676 Büchner Flute Concertino, Op.40 (flute, piano arr.) 1898
02944 Balakirev Symphony No.1 in C major 1899
02997 Sarasate Zortzico Miramar, Op.42 1899
03319 Taneyev Suite No.2, Op.14 (fs) 1901
03363 Lvov Undina 1901
03700 Büchner Flute Concerto No.4, Op.51 (flute, piano arr.) 1903
04085 Büchner Flirt, Op.53 1904
04214 Krantz Suite for Flute and Piano 1904
04275 Balakirev Overture on Czech Themes 'In Bohemia' 1906
04310 Achron Coquetterie, Op.15 1906
04522 Rössler Flute Sonata in E major, Op.15 (score) 1907
04555 Poenitz Spukhafte Gavotte, Op.75 1907
04633 Lyapunov Piano Sonata, Op.27 1908
04692 Balakirev Suite pour Orchestre sur 4 Morceaux de Chopin 1909
04727 Büchner Flute Concerto No.8, Op.64 (flute, piano arr.) 1910
04732 Tiniakov 2 Etudes de salon, Op.9 1909
04776 Dizi Sonate-pastorale 1909
04815 Lyapunov Piano Concerto No.2, Op.38 (arr. for 2 pianos) 1910
04880 Lyapunov Fêtes de Noël, Op.41 1910
04903 Lyapunov Chant du crépuscle, Op.22 1904
05230 Lyapunov Scherzo, Op.45 1905
05252 Mozart Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216 (cadenza by Aulin) 1912
05663 Klughardt Die Zerstörung Jerusalems, Op.75 (Gebet only, arr.)
08483 Yurasovsky 5 Romances, Op.5
10109 Aulin Albumblatt 1914
10259 Juon Piano Trio No.3, Op.60 (sc&pts) 1915
10497 Lyapunov 6 Morceaux faciles, Op.59 1919
10902 Rorich Wind Quintet, Op.58 (sc&pts) 1921
11043-45 Albert Solo Guitar Studies 1922
11155 Jemnitz Flute Trio, Op.19 1924
11168 Juon Flute Sonata, Op.78 1924
11172 Ambrosius Flute Sonata in D, Op.24 (sc&pt) 1924
11215 Medtner Piano Concerto No.2, Op.50 (2-piano arr.) 1928
11401 Moritz Wind Quintet, Op.41 (sc) 1928
11548 Medtner Sonata minacciosa, Op.53 No.2 (first ed.) 1933

Musikverlag Zimmermann (post-1952?)

Prefix ZM. Frankfurt am Main.

Plate Composer Work Year
2085 Hessenberg Quartettino for Flutes, Op.99 (sc&pts) 1978
2086 Hessenberg Lu-di : Suite für Flöte und Klarinette, Op.101 (sc&pt) 1978
2582 Hessenberg Swegala-Fantasy, Op.111 (fl/vc/pf) (sc&pts) 1986

Authority control

  • VIAF (Jul. Heinr. Zimmermann (Firm))