Peermusic Classical

New York, NY

Classical music publisher based in New York whose catalog includes hundreds of chamber works dating from the mid-20th century to the present.


Peermusic Classical was formed in New York City in 1948 as the “serious music” division of the Peer-Southern Organization. With the counsel of Henry Cowell, it acquired many works by Charles Ives and a number of young American composers of the day, including Ned Rorem, David Diamond, and Harold Shapero. In the years following, works by such notable American composers as Lou Harrison, José Serebrier, Julia Perry, and Virgil Thomson were added to the catalog.

From its founding Peermusic Classical has also looked abroad, particularly to Latin America (following the lead of the larger Peermusic organization), publishing Mexican composers Manuel M. Ponce, Silvestre Revueltas, and Mario Lavista, and representing Latin American publishers, such as Ediciones Mexicanas de Música, throughout the world. Peermusic Classical Hamburg, established in the mid-1960s, is known for its large catalog of works by Mieczyslaw Weinberg.

Seeking a balance of delight, beauty, and challenge in recent concert music, Peermusic Classical New York has in recent years extended its catalog through such significant voices from the U.S. and Latin America as Morten Lauridsen, Derek Bermel, John Musto, Nina Young, Mohammed Fairouz, Michael Daugherty, Ingram Marshall, Tania León, Arturo Márquez, and Miguel del Aguila.