From the Stainer & Bell Archive: Augener’s Edition Catalogue 1928
As far as amateur musicians were concerned, Augener were, for many years, the de facto leading music publisher of the day, thanks to their extensive catalogue of inexpensive editions which included most of the standard piano classics. They also introduced new works by Bridge, Delius, Ireland, Adam Carse and others, and were responsible for countless educational tutors and books of studies – many of which remain enduring favourites of the S&B catalogue today.
Founded in London in 1855 by George Augener (1830–1915), Augener began as an importer of foreign music, but by the turn of the twentieth century, through an expansive publishing programme and the acquisition of companies including Robert Cocks & Co, the catalogue boasted several thousand titles. In addition to selling their own publications, from 1873 to 1937 Augener were the sole UK agents for Edition Peters, Leipzig. In 1960 they acquired the catalogues of Joseph Williams and A Weekes & Co, but were themselves sold to Galaxy Music Corporation (New York) in 1962, eventually coming under the ownership of Stainer & Bell via Galliard Ltd in 1972.
Our Archive Library includes an original, cloth-bound copy of Augener’s Edition Catalogue 1928. Containing over 7,500 titles listed by instrument and by catalogue number, this fascinating historical record is now available for the first time for perusal and search here online. Note: Whilst a number of these publications are still available in print, or as made-to-order titles through our library, there are many for which, sadly, no file copy exists.