On 1 December 1800 the conductor and composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812) entered into partnership with the bookseller and organist Ambrosius Kühnel (1770-1813) for the purpose of establishing a 'Bureau de Musique' in Leipzig. This initial venture extended its activities to printing and music engraving as well as including publishing facilities combined with the sale of musical instruments and sheet music. The publishing side of the business was launched with collections of Haydn's String Quartets, Mozart's Quartets and Quintets as well as the first edition of J.S. Bach's Keyboard Works in 14 volumes to which J.N. Forkel contributed the first Bach monograph ever to be written. As early as 1802, the publishers succeeded in acquiring piano and chamber music from Beethoven, in addition to the composer's First Symphony and Second Piano Concerto.

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