Gunter Henle founded Henle Urtext Editions in 1948, with the aim of establishing the most authentic texts of great compositions. He came upon the word "urtext" in isolated text-critical editions, and it has changed the landscape of published music ever since.
Henle Urtext Editions remain the undisputed leader of premium sheet music. Their musical scores are engraved by first-class craftsmen. A large number of the Urtext editions in their backlist were engraved by hand, using traditional metal plate engraving techniques. Their editions are exclusively printed and bound in Bavaria, which is why every Henle edition can claim to be 100% “Made in Germany”.
Musicians need to be able to rely on their music. Sheet music should be undistorted, free of errors, practical and durable. This is why musicians have relied on Henle Urtext Editions for the last 60 years.