What would Christmas be without music? No, not the jingles broadcast through supermarkets or the sugary tunes played in department stores. Here at Bärenreiter we have collections of the Christmas music which we know and love; music which encompasses the true spirit of Christmas.
It is due to Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), that the rather provincial music from the German states started to open up to modernity, which undisputedly was centered in Italy at the time. His four years of study with Giovanni Gabrieli from 1609 to 1613 and his second stay in Venice with Claudio Monteverdi from 1628 to 1629 revealed
“Art and science alone elevate mankind to divinity … True art is imperishable.“
Thus the words with which Beethoven, born in Bonn on the River Rhine in December 1770, proclaimed his artistic credo. In 2020 musicians and music-lovers from all over the world celebrated the 250th birthday
'Urtext'. The very word smacks of dusty libraries and crumbling manuscripts that have to be handled with kid gloves. But behind the idea of 'Bärenreiter Urtext' are people passionately devoted, then and now, to living music. People who consider music a...
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Covers in all colours of the rainbow, a clear layout, fine engraving, appealing paper, sturdy binding and the cutting edge of musicology – Urtext!
Bärenreiter is known worldwide for their scholarly-critical editions that aim to present a musical text as close as possible to the composer’s intentions and that at the same time satisfy the needs of the performer. Bärenreiter’s large catalogue comprises vocal and instrumental music of all genres from the Renaissance to the present day, including orchestral music and numerous Complete Editions. The renowned encyclopedia „Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart“ has brought Bärenreiter much acclaim as well as their books on music and their educational catalogue.