Throughout its long and eventful history, Edition Peters has consistently sought to support contemporary music by making it accessible in high quality scores. The years in which Germany, and the publishing house itself, were divided between East and Westform an important chapter in thecompany's story. The output of composers from the East German firm - then known as VEB Edition Peters, Leipzig - forms a unique and valuable part of the company's identity and, more widely, of European cultural history. The idioms of composers such as Reiner Bredemeyer,Paul Dessau, Friedrich Goldmann, Georg Katzer, Siegfried Thiele and Ruth Zechlin are aesthetically diverse while sharing a communicative creative drive. The artistic independence of the music created in East Germany between 1949 and 1990 makes this repertoire well worth rediscovering.