Faber Music

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Faber Music
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Founder Benjamin Britten and Donald Mitchell
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location London
Publication types Sheet music
Official website www.fabermusic.com

Faber Music is a British sheet music publisher best known for contemporary classical music. It also publishes music tutor books, and in 2005 acquired popular music publisher International Music Publications.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Sheet music is a handwritten or printed form of musical notation that uses musical symbols to indicate the pitches (melodies), rhythms or chords of a song or instrumental musical piece. Like its analogs – printed books or pamphlets in English, Arabic or other languages – the medium of sheet music typically is paper, although the access to musical notation since the 1980s has included the presentation of musical notation on computer screens and the development of scorewriter computer programs that can notate a song or piece electronically, and, in some cases, "play back" the notated music using a synthesizer or virtual instruments.

Contemporary classical music is classical music relative to the present day. At the beginning of the 21st century, it commonly referred to the post-1945 modern forms of post-tonal music after the death of Anton Webern, and included serial music, electronic music, experimental music, and minimalist music. Newer forms of music include spectral music, and post-minimalism.


Faber Music has close relations to the book publisher Faber and Faber. Faber's subsidiary Rights Worldwide Ltd offers copyright administration services to composers and Tv and film production companies. [1]

Faber and Faber Limited, often abbreviated to Faber, is an independent publishing house in London, the United Kingdom. Published authors and poets include T. S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, William Golding, Samuel Beckett, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon.


Faber Music Ltd was founded in 1965 as a sister company to Faber and Faber. Its foundation was led by the composer Benjamin Britten who needed a quality publisher to promote and distribute his compositions. The Times newspaper praised the newly founded company as "the new champion of quality in music publishing". [1]

Benjamin Britten English composer, conductor, and pianist

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

<i>The Times</i> British daily compact newspaper owned by News UK

The Times is a British daily national newspaper based in London. It began in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register, adopting its current name on 1 January 1788. The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times are published by Times Newspapers, since 1981 a subsidiary of News UK, in turn wholly owned by News Corp. The Times and The Sunday Times do not share editorial staff, were founded independently, and have only had common ownership since 1967.

Faber Music incorporated as a limited company in 1992, changed its name to INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PUBLICATIONS LIMITED in 1992 and became Faber Music Ltd in 2011. [2] It is wholly owned by GEOFFREY FABER HOLDINGS LTD.


Faber Music counts among its publications works by noted British composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Malcolm Arnold, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, Colin and David Matthews, Julian Anderson, Nicholas Maw, Tansy Davies, George Benjamin, Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen and Jonathan Harvey.

Ralph Vaughan Williams 20th-century English composer

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Malcolm Arnold English composer, conductor

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Gustav Holst English composer

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Among its publications of works by international composers are those of Francisco Coll, Anders Hillborg, Peter Sculthorpe, Carl Vine and Matthew Hindson. [1]

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Peter Sculthorpe Australian composer

Peter Joshua Sculthorpe was an Australian composer. Much of his music resulted from an interest in the music of Australia's neighbours as well as from the impulse to bring together aspects of native Australian music with that of the heritage of the West. He was known primarily for his orchestral and chamber music, such as Kakadu (1988) and Earth Cry (1986), which evoke the sounds and feeling of the Australian bushland and outback. He also wrote 18 string quartets, using unusual timbral effects, works for piano, and two operas. He stated that he wanted his music to make people feel better and happier for having listened to it. He typically avoided the dense, atonal techniques of many of his contemporary composers. His work was often distinguished by its distinctive use of percussion.

Carl Vine,, is an Australian composer of contemporary classical music. From 1975 he has worked as a freelance pianist and composer with a variety of theatre and dance companies, and ensembles. Vine's catalogue includes seven symphonies, eleven concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works. Since 2000 he has been the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia. In 2005 he was awarded the Don Banks Music Award. In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Vine was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), "for distinguished service to the performing arts as a composer, conductor, academic and artistic director, and to the support and mentoring of emerging performers."

Faber also published music scores for stage, film and television, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats , the concert works of Paul McCartney, Anna Meredith, Howard Goodall ( Vicar of Dibley , Mr Bean ), Jonny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood) and Carl Davis ( Pride and Prejudice , Cranford ), and Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film ). [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 "Company Info". www.fabermusic.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  2. https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/02703274