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 music by Johann Sebastian Bach, (Acht Choräle für eine Singstimme), points to the company’s future development.


The business moves to Kassel.


The first edition of Heinrich Schütz’s music (Geistliche Chormusik 1648, edited by Wilhelm Kamlah) is published. Albert Schweitzer congratulates the young publishing company.


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.