Literature devoted to Szymanowski gives little space to the relationship between the composer and his publishers. This article, based on published correspondence and papers held at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, presents minor episodes relating to the contacts between Szymanowski and Röder's printing firm in Leipzig and Stahl's music store in Berlin. These firms played a significant part during the early days of the composer's career, and his presence in the market of music publishing was due mainly to them. The very fact that young Szymanowski initially turned to the German musical community, and that a number of his early works were printed in Leipzig by Carl Gottlieb Röder's company, justifies investigating the subject both of Szymanowski's German memorabilia, and his contacts with Röder and with the Berlin music store of Albert Stahl, who was the distributor of Röder's publications in Germany. One of the aims of the article is also to explain certain aspects of the publication and printing of Szymanowski's early works. There are many inaccuracies, contradictions and errors in the literature regarding this subject, and an attempt is made here to correct them.
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