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Music publisher, head of the firm of Ludwig Doblinger, shareholder in Universal Edition.

Career Summary

Herzmansky, who began his business career in the textile industry, acquired the music publishing house of Ludwig Doblinger (Vienna I, Dorotheergasse 10 ‒ the former Palais Dietrichstein) in 1876 and built it up to be one of Vienna's leading music dealers, specializing in sheet music, antiquarian music, music hire, and instructional books. The firm published a wide range of musical repertory, making much of its money from the publication of Viennese operetta. He was a co-founder of the Gesellschaft der Autoren, Komponisten und Musikverleger (AKM) (Society of Authors, Composers, and Music Publishers) in 1897, of which Josef Weinberger was elected President.

In 1901, he joined with Weinberger, Adolf Robitschek, and Carl Stampfel, to form the collaborative venture of Universal Edition. (Apparently discussions had been going on among these men since 1896 to mount an Austrian challenge to the hegemony of Peters Edition and Breitkopf & Härtel in Germany.) UE's catalogue was built in part by acquisitions from Doblinger and other music publishers. Weinberger, Robitschek, and Herzmansky, all based in Vienna and all highly experienced music publishers, took on the day-to-day running of the new house in its early years, until Emil Hertzka joined the firm in 1907.

Herzmansky and Schenker

In 1892, Schenker's Zwei Klavierstücke, Op. 1 were published by Doblinger; and in 1906 Schenker had a verbal agreement with Doblinger and Eberle to publish what later became his Instrumenten-Tabelle , published by UE in 1908. His dealings over the latter were not with Herzmansky but with Josef Stritzko. Schenker received at least one letter from UE with Herzmansky as co-signatory (OC 52/391, June 20, 1904).


  • OEMLexikon (online), "Herzmansky, Familie"
  • MGG, vol. VI (1957), pp. 296‒98
  • 100 Years Remembered: A History of the Theatre and Music Publishers Josef Weinberger, Vienna, Frankfurt am Main, London, 1885–1985 (London: Weinberger, [1985]), p. 13
  • UE Universal Edition 1901‒2001 (Vienna: Universal Edition, 2001), inside cover (Zeichner-Liste)
  • Ian Bent, "'That Bright New Light': Schenker, Universal Edition, and the Origins of the Erläuterung Series, 1901‒1910," Journal of the American Musicological Society, 58/1 (2005), 69‒138


  • Ian Bent

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