Robert Heinrich Lienau

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Robert Heinrich Lienau (born July 27, 1866 in Neustadt in Holstein , † November 8, 1949 in Berlin ) was a German music publisher .


As a child, Robert Heinrich Lienau received violin lessons from the violinists Theobald Rehbaum and Fabian Rehfeld . At the age of 20, he began studying various subjects in Berlin. At the same time he was introduced to the musical range of his father Robert Emil Lienau . He gained specialist knowledge at Musik Hug in Zurich. Here he sang in the mixed choir of the conductor and composer Friedrich Hegar . In 1890 he took up a position in the shop of family friend Gustav Schirmer in New York. From 1892 Robert Lienau managed the range of the sister house Carl Haslinger (publisher) in Vienna at his father's behest and spent exciting hours in the company of Johannes Brahms .

His time in Vienna came to an abrupt end with the dramatic dissolution of a “frivolous engagement”. Lienau fled to Berlin and took over the management of the range. But despite his promise, the father did not keep to introducing him to the publishing business. Robert Lienau drew the consequences and took a position as an assistant at the Hug Music House in Zurich. In 1897, however, the father needed a reliable deputy. With the help of a publisher friend, Fritz Simrock , a contract that stipulated the son's business position was drafted and approved by the father. In 1903 Robert Lienau was officially accepted as a partner in the business.

On a house quartet evening with the violin maker and cellist Otto Möckel , Lienau met his young brother-in-law Paul Juon . In the course of his life Robert Lienau put all his might for Paul Juon and his work and published most of his compositions. The publisher and the author became inseparable friends.

In 1900 Robert Lienau was awarded the Cross of Merit for Art and Science (Reuss) and appointed secretary of the Berlin Music Trade Association, which he took over as chairman in 1914. In 1916 he also became chairman of the Leipziger Musikalienhändlerverein and began a major reorganization. In 1930 Robert Lienau was made an honorary member.

Robert Lienau became a member of the Kgl in 1910 due to the reputation of his publishing house and his positions on the board of the professional associations . Prussian Chamber of Musical Experts , which provided the courts with expert and copyright reports and also made out-of-court decisions. Robert Lienau also became an expert at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry . All the threads of musical life and its large organizations now came together in his hand.

In 1901 Robert Lienau took part in the expansion of the international copyright treaties of the German Reich and in the new version of the law on copyright in works of literature and music . In 1904 the Institute for Musical Performance Rights was established. Robert Lienau became a member of the shop stewards committee. In 1915 he co-founded GEMA and was its first president for twelve years. He remained faithful to his various activities in this society until his death.


  • The music in the past and present . Kassel 1997

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supporting documents

  1. ^ Robert Lienau, Unforgettable Years with Johannes Brahms, Berlin 1990
  2. ^ Robert Lienau, Chronicle of My Life, 1946, unpublished