The young publisher Karl Vötterle in 1924
  • Karl Vötterle founds Bärenreiter in Augsburg. Its first publications are the Finkensteiner Blätter edited by Walther Hensel. On 12 April 1924, Vötterle’s 21st birthday, he joins the Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) in Leipzig, and that afternoon the publishing company is entered into the register of companies in Augsburg.


The first edition of “Choräle” by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • The first edition of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, (Acht Choräle für eine Singstimme), points to the company’s future development.


The publishing house from 1927 to 1934
  • The business moves to Kassel.


Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672)
  • The first edition of Heinrich Schütz’s music (Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi, Musikalische Exequien) is published. Albert Schweitzer congratulates the young publishing company.


Musik & Kirche, Vol. 7 (1935), No. 1
  • The Neue Schütz-Gesellschaft (now the International Heinrich Schütz Society) is founded in Celle.

  • The first volume of the journal Musik & Kirche is received by the music world at a time of increasing political difficulty.

  • The “Neuwerk-Buchhandlung”, a mail order facility, is added to the publishing company’s activities. 

  • With the production of recorders, a new area of business begins for Bärenreiter.

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