75 Years of Sikorski Music Publishers – a Report in the “Hamburger Abendblatt”

On the occasion of the 75th jubilee of Sikorski Music Publishers in November 2010, Verena Fischer-Zernin published an extensive report on the publishing house and its work in the Hamburger Abendblatt (issue of 2 November 2010). Among other things, it contained the following:

”’Music is music,’ sums up the 41-year-old Axel Sikorski (publishers’ note: Dagmar Sikorski-Grossmann and Axel Sikorski share the management of the publishing house) succinctly: the publishers are equally active in the fields of “serious music” and “entertainment music;” they could not work without this necessarily coarse undercutting. The programme is distributed over small, independent publishing units, 17 at present. It includes Rolf Zuckowski’s ‘Wie schön, dass du geboren bist’ (How Wonderful that You Were Born) as well as evergreens of the Comedian Harmonists and hits by the celebrated chansonnier Max Raabe, and extends from modern classics to brand-new compositions such as Jan Müller-Wieland’s melodrama ‘Der Knacks’ (The Crack-Up) based on the book by Roger Willemsen. (...)
Russian composers traditionally form a point of special emphasis on the programme of the publishing house. During the 1950s, Hans C. Sikorski, at that time a newcomer in the field of serious music, concluded a contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union, in those days the only way of publishing Soviet composers. He made musical history with this coup, bringing great composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian into the publishing house. Starting at the end of the 1960s, Hans W. Sikorski, son of the founder, and publishing house director Jürgen Köchel established a fine network of connections in the Soviet Union, so that the profile of the publishing house is marked, right up to the present day, by a truly representative cross-section of contemporary music. (...)
“The stock of materials for hire takes up so many shelf-metres of paper that it no longer fits in the Harvestehuder building. It is stored in Bahrenfeld and is sent throughout the world from there. ‘A costly business involving a great deal of transportation,’ says Axel Sikorski. He then laughs and adds: ‘But someday the orchestras might play from the iPad.’”
(Hamburger Abendblatt, 2 November 2010)


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