Hertzka, Emil

views updated


HERTZKA, EMIL (1869–1932), music publisher, born in Budapest. In 1901 he joined the newly founded Universal Edition in Vienna which he directed from 1907 until his death. By purchasing the rights of several older firms and actively encouraging the avant-garde composers – on whom few other publishers dared risk their resources and reputation – he became the publisher of the works of Bruckner, Mahler, and the publisher and champion of Béla Bartok, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Kurt Weill, Jaromir Weinberger, Leos Janacek, Ernst Krenek, and others. He also founded the periodical Musikblaetter des Anbruch.