About us



Carus – Excellence in Choral Music

Carus-Verlag was founded by Günther and Waltraud Graulich in Stuttgart in 1972. Since its inception Carus represents high-quality choral repertoire. The editions by Carus offer choirs worldwide a carefully edited, authoritative foundation for rehearsals and successful concerts. Since Carus was founded it has always been a particular interest of ours to make the music publishing program alive and audible, and to release first-class recordings of works on an own label. With carus music, the choir app, this idea has been developed further for mobile devices.

With more then 26.000 items available Carus has developed to become one of the leading music publishers of vocal music worldwide. Today the company houses around 50 colleagues in the editorial offices, production, CD label, marketing, sales and distribution. Nevertheless Carus still remains a family enterprise. Dr. Johannes Graulich is the current head of Carus, the company which his parents founded.

Read more about Carus in our brochure.

Carus focuses

Our primary emphasis lies in the publication of unknown choral music from all eras in critical first editions, as well as on the republication of works for which no up-to-date or reliable editions are available. It has been our goal to achieve the highest quality with respect to the musicological as well as technical aspects of publication, while taking into account the requirements of performance practice.

Choral music represents the centerpiece of our catalog: Over 26.000 items include works by Heinrich Schütz, Johann Sebastian Bach and the Bach family, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Franz Schubert. But our spectrum goes far beyond: Music for children has gained significance with important projects such as the award-winning LIEDERPROJEKT and the school music collection chorissimo! for children of all ages. As for the instrumental music, ancient music and pieces for organ are at the center of our activities.

One very important area is the supervision of historical-critical complete editions and editions of selected works; these are developed in collaboration with renowned edition institutes such as the Bach-Archiv Leipzig/ Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig (Bach-Repertorium / Wilhelm Friedemann Bach – Gesammelte Werke), the Max-Reger-Institut (Max Reger – Werkausgabe), the Heinrich-Schütz-Archiv in Dresden (Stuttgarter Schütz-Ausgabe), the Hasse-Gesellschaft Bergedorf e.V. (Johann Adolf Hasse – Werkausgabe) or the Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini in Lucca (Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Giacomo Puccini). The complete edition of works by Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, concluded in 2009 and published in cooperation with the Josef-Rheinberger-Archiv in Vaduz, has contributed significantly to the fact that the music of this composition teacher and Court Kapellmeister from Munich can once again be heard around the world today.

The Carus book program includes, for example, catalogs of works, musicological and pedagogical specialist literature as well as guidebooks on a variety of musical topics. For a number of years, the book department of Carus has worked in close collaboration with the publisher Reclam.


Carus – Urtext

Our Urtext editions aim to provide a reliable music text, cleansed of the additions of later centuries. They are developed according to current musicological standards, taking into account all of the known sources, with the objective of most closely realizing the composer’s intention. Every decision made by the editor – from the choice of the definitive source to the individual readings – is documented and discussed in the critical report, and emendations in the musical text – for example, in parallel passages – are marked accordingly. The foreword offers performers important information concerning the work and its genesis as well as suggestions for performance.

Carus Sheet Music offers excellent readability due to clear layout and precise printing. We use high quality paper which does not crease. Turning pages does not cause any unwanted noise during concerts. The faint yellow color contributes to the pleasant ease of readability. A sturdy and practical binding guarantees a long life for the music.

Kundenwunsch hat für uns höchste Priorität: Durch unsere Hausdruckerei können wir auch Sonderdrucke beispielsweise aus Chorbüchern schnell und günstig anbieten. So sind bei Carus auch weniger gängige Titel immer lieferbar.

Together with our critically edited scores, we offer affordable performance material:

  • Vocal scores with playable, substantial and pianistic settings on the basis of the Urtext
  • Choral scores to reduce the cost of performing large choral works
  • Orchestral parts with convenient page turn and practical cues
  • Study scores are available for many of our editions – the supply is being steadily increased.

Carus Label

Since the founding of the publishing house, it has been a special concern to keep our music program vibrant, to let it be heard and to issue recordings on our own label. The Carus label has, in the meantime, firmly established itself in the international music business and stands worldwide for the highest standards and quality in the field of vocal music This success is founded on the close co-operation with the best choirs, ensembles and choral conductors from all over the world New ideas for recording repertoire are often developed together with projects for Carus editions in conjunction with the concert plans of our artists. Attractive and distinctive CD design as well as interesting and comprehensive booklets round out the productions and lend the Carus label its well-known image.The label cooperates frequently with different ARD broadcasters, in particular the SWR.

Trade fairs and conventions

The direct communication choral conductors worldwide is very important to us. Carus is regulary represented at major trade fairs, festivals and conventions in Germany and around the world. We are always happy to meet you at these events!