Friedrich Whistling

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Friedrich Wilhelm Whistling (born September 28, 1809 in Halle an der Saale , † November 3, 1861 in Leipzig ) was a German music publisher .


Whistling - a son of the music dealer and music bibliographer Carl Friedrich Whistling - grew up in Leipzig and went to Hamburg in 1824 , where he presumably completed an apprenticeship as a book or music dealer. He later returned to Leipzig, where in 1835 he acquired the “Leih-Institut für Musik” from Friedrich Wieck . In the same year he founded a book, music and publishing business, in which his first publication appeared at the end of the year: Clara Wiecks Valses romantiques op.4 .

In 1844 Whistling published the journal Musikalisch Kritisches Repertorium , edited by Herrmann Hirschbach .

The publisher was best known for the works of Robert Schumann , with whom he also maintained intensive correspondence from 1835. These include the song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben op.42 (1843) and the piano quartet in E flat major op.47.

From a financial point of view, Whistlings Verlag was not very successful, he had to take out a loan several times in order to remain solvent.


  • Robert and Clara Schumann's correspondence with Leipzig publishers , Volume 2, Friedrich Whistling , ed. by Renate Brunner (= Schumann letter edition , Series III, Volume 2), Cologne: Dohr 2011

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