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Wessel & Co.

Wessel & Co.

A publishing house founded by Chritian Rudolf Wessel in London. He began his editorial activity with William Stodart establishing the firm Wessel & Stodart which primarily concentrated only on importing musical prints, and from 1824 also on an independent publishing activity. In 1838 Stodart backed out of the partnership and Wessel continued on his own until 1839 when Frederic Stapleton joined him as partner. In 1845 Stapleton withdrew of the firm. In 1860 Wessel handed the business over to its administrators, Edwin Ashdown and Henry Parry, and the company continued under the imprint Edwin Ashdown Ltd.

From 1833 Wessel's publishing house published Chopin's works, in 1836 it acquired exclusive right to publication of Chopin's compositions in Great Britain.

The publishing house published mainly piano music, many popular arrangements of opera airs and dances, but it also printed piano compositions of Beethoven's, Mozart's (sonatas), Heller's, Thalberg's.


 

Publisher printed the following Chopin first editions:

Grand Duo Concertant in E major on themes from Meyerbeer's opera Robert le diable, Op. 16 A (1833), plate number: W & Co. No. 1076 (fort); W & Co. No. 1077 (Vc)
Variations B flat major, on the theme "La ci darem la mano" Op. 2 (1833), plate number: W & Co. No. 820
Nocturne in B major, Op. 9 No. 3 (1833), plate number: W & Co. No. 917
Trio in G minor, Op. 8 Op. 8 (1833), plate number: W & Co. No. 924
Mazurkas Op. 7 (1833), plate number: W & Co. No. 959
Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13 Op. 13 (1834), plate number: W & Co. No. 1083
Rondo a la krakowiak in F major, Op. 14 Op. 14 (1834), plate number: W & Co. No. 1084
Nocturnes Op. 15 (1834), plate number: W & Co. No. 1093
Rondo in E flat major, Op. 16 (1834), plate number: W & Co. No. 1094
Mazurkas Op. 17 (1834), plate number: W & Co. No. 1144
Waltz in E flat major, Op. 18 Op. 18 (1834), plate number: W & Co. No. 1157
Bolero in A minor, Op. 19 Op. 19 (1835), plate number: W & Co. No. 1491
Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20 (1835), plate number: W & Co. No. 1492
Etudes Op. 10 - Book 1 (1835), plate number: W & Co. No. 960
Etudes Op. 10 - Book 2 (1835), plate number: W & Co No 961
Piano concerto in E minor, Op. 11 (1836), plate number: W & Co. No. 1086
Rondo in C minor Op. 1 (1836), plate number: W & Co No 1423
Piano concerto in F minor, Op. 21 (1836), plate number: W & Co. No. 1642
Ballade in G minor, Op. 23 (1836), plate number: W & Co. No. 1644
Mazurkas Op. 24 (1836), plate number: W & Co. No. 1645
Mazurkas Op. 6 (1836), plate number: W & Co. No. 958
Polonaises Op. 26 (1837), plate number: W & Co. No. 1647
Etudes Op. 25 - Book 1 (1837), plate number: W & Co. No. 1832
Etudes Op. 25 - Book 2 (1837), plate number: W & Co No 1833.
Nocturnes Op. 27 (1837), plate number: W & Co. No 1848
Impromptu in A flat major, Op. 29 (1837), plate number: W & Co. No. 2166
Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31 Op. 31 (1837), plate number: W & Co. No. 2168
Nocturnes Op. 32 (1837), plate number: W & Co. No. 2169
Mazurkas Op. 30 (1837), plate number: W & Co. No. 2170
Rondo a la Mazur in F major Op. 5 (1838), plate number: W & Co. No. 1552
Mazurkas Op. 33 (1838), plate number: W & Co. No. 2179
Waltz in A flat major, Op. 34 No. 1 Op. 34 No. 1 (1838), plate number: W & Co. No. 2280
Waltz in A minor, Op. 34 No. 2 Op. 34 No. 2 (1838), plate number: W & Co. No. 2281
Waltz in F major, Op. 34 No. 3 Op. 34 No. 3 (1838), plate number: W & Co. No. 2282
Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C major for piano and cello, Op. 3 Op. 3 (1839), plate number: W & Co No 1662 (fort); W & Co No 1663 (Vc)
Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E flat major, Op. 22 Op. 22 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 1643
Ballade in F major, Op. 38 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 3182
Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 35 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 3549
Impromptu in F sharp major, Op. 36 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 3550
Nocturnes Op. 37 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 3554
Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39 Op. 39 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 3556
Polonaises Op. 40 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 3557
Mazurkas Op. 41 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 3558
Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 3559
Nocturnes Op. 9 No. 1 & 2 (1840), plate number: W & Co. No. 916
Preludes Op. 28 - Book 1 (1841), plate number: W & Co. No. 3098
Preludes Op. 28 - Book 2 (1841), plate number: W & Co No 3099.
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1 (1842), plate number: W & Co. No. 5300
Mazurkas Op. 50 (1842), plate number: W & Co. No. 5303
Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2 (1843), plate number: W & Co. No. 5301
Impromptu in G flat major, Op. 51 (1843), plate number: W & Co. No. 5304
Scherzo in E major, Op. 54 Op. 54 (1844), plate number: W & Co. No. 5307
Ballade F minor Op. 52 (1845), plate number: W & Co. No. 5305
Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53 Op. 53 (1845), plate number: W & Co. No. 5306
Nocturnes Op. 55 (1845), plate number: W & Co. No. 5308
Mazurkas Op. 56 (1845), plate number: W & Co. No. 5309
Berceuse, Op. 57 Op. 57 (1845), plate number: W & Co. No. 6313
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (1845), plate number: W & Co. No. 6314
Mazurkas Op. 59 (1845), plate number: W & Co. No. 6315
Mazurka in A minor (Notre temps) (1846), plate number: W & Co. No. 6316
Barcarolle, Op. 60 (1846), plate number: W & Co. No. 6317
Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat major, Op. 61 Op. 61 (1846), plate number: W & Co. No. 6318
Nocturnes Op. 62 (1846), plate number: W & Co. No. 6319
Mazurkas Op. 63 (1848), plate number: (W & Co. No. 6320)
Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 Op. 64 No. 1 (1848), plate number: W & Co. No. 6321
Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2 Op. 64 No. 2 (1848), plate number: W & Co. No. 6322
Waltz in A flat major, Op. 64 No. 3 Op. 64 No. 3 (1848), plate number: W & Co. No. 6323

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