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Motette-The History of an Idea

Organ, Gregorian chant and bells are three fields of musical culture with great tradition, which deserve and require special attention as well as a professional approach. But unfortunately  record companies  - before the founding of Motette in 1976 - used to handle this music in an amateurish style or simply treated it with neglect. Therefore, it had proven impossible to optimise customer service or even establish a global trademark. Accordingly, Motette worked hard to provide their customers with recordings of the most important organs, optimum recording technology as well as (the most suitable) outstanding performers. Quality standards like these are indispensable if you want to become the world’s leading name in organ music - and this is exactly what the company has become by now.
Today, friends of organ music all over the world mention the name of Motette with great respect - for this meanwhile famous label is not only the leading company among the manufacturers of organ- and plainchant-CDs as for the number of editions, but also one of the world’s best known publishing houses specializing in this music.
In 1976, MOTETTE was founded in a small basement flat in Wiesbaden, but in 1987 they moved to their present residence, the comfortable office in the north of Düsseldorf (Lohausen). By then, sales were approaching the million DM limit, and Motette was swiftly becoming the Mecca for high class international productions.
In the course of time, MOTETTE’s sound concepts were continually specialized and refined, while the number of recordings increased and the catalogue kept extending. In 1994 the company supplemented its strategy by additionally taking over the label PSALLITE, which has become famous for its organ portraits.