Music publisher Edition Peters to bring together its German operations in Leipzig
18.09.2013 (Frankfurt/Main, Leipzig) – Three years after the Peters companies in Frankfurt, Leipzig, London and New York were unified to form the Edition Peters Group, the owners of the business have decided to merge their German operations in Leipzig, where the company’s history in music publishing began more than 200 years ago. As a result, the Frankfurt company, C. F. Peters Ltd & Co. KG, will relocate to Leipzig’s Talstraße 10 in mid-2014. Continued employment has been offered to all 17 members of staff.
The owners’ decision follows the recent acquisition of the prestigious Peters Music Library by the City of Leipzig at the start of this year. The company has been in close discussion with representatives of the City administration and the State government of Saxony. Both municipal and state authorities were able to demonstrate a strong and favourable framework offering attractive long-term business opportunities for Edition Peters in Leipzig.
In addition to economic considerations, it was the rich musical infrastructure in Leipzig – the city of Johann Sebastian Bach – which ultimately prompted the decision to move. The close proximity of cultural institutions such as the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Bach Archive creates an environment in which new initiatives and concepts will flourish, thus providing fresh impulses for the Peters business. A number of relationships have already been established with a view to creating new and innovative products for the music market.
"It has not been an easy decision to leave Frankfurt, where a Peters office has existed since 1950", said Nicholas Riddle, CEO of the Edition Peters Group. "Yet the opportunities arising from bringing together our German companies in Leipzig are unique. We are deeply rooted in this city and will develop our ambitious publishing activities here conscientiously and with enthusiasm."
With the relocation of the Frankfurt business, one of Germany’s oldest music publishing houses is definitively returning to its home city. It was in Leipzig in 1800 that composers Franz Anton Hoffmeister und Ambrosius Kühnel founded their "Bureau de Musique", which in 1814 passed into the hands of the bookseller Carl Friedrich Peters and became known as C. F. Peters. Today the business is one of the most renowned music publishers worldwide, not least because of the well-known "Edition Peters" series with its iconic green covers. The complete Peters catalogue comprises more than 12,000 titles, including classics by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, but also the work of important contemporary composers.
In no small part, the exceptional reputation which Peters continues to enjoy in Leipzig and far beyond is due to the generous cultural patronage of Max Abraham, founding father of the "Edition Peters" series, and of his nephew Henri Hinrichsen, who in 1938 suffered dispossession of his company at the hand of the Nazis and was murdered in the Holocaust. The present-day owners of Peters – the Hinrichsen Foundation in London, and siblings Martha and Henry Hinrichsen – are very much looking forward to continuing their family tradition with increased vigour and adding to Leipzig’s musical culture.