Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf

Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf ( born March 2, 1695 in Clausthal, today Clausthal -Zellerfeld, † March 26, 1777 in Leipzig ) was a German printer and publisher. He founded in 1719 in Leipzig, a publishing house, later published by Breitkopf & Härtel, which is the world's oldest music publishing today.


In 1709 he took on teaching to the book printer in Goslar. He moved to Leipzig in 1714 and spent a year working in a print shop, then in Jena, and finally in Halle. In 1718 he returned to Leipzig, married Sophia Maria Müller and took over an existing since 1664 printer who he saved from economic ruin. The actual publishing activity began in 1723 with the pressure of a hand Hebrew Bible. 1739 married Breitkopf after the death of his wife a certain Theodore Sophia Kayser. His son, Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf, who was also working as a printer and publisher, he handed 1745 's printing business. The publishing firm he retained until his death, took his son but 1762 is on. When he died at the age of 83 years, Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf was the most important printers in Germany.