Volkwein Brothers

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OriginPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Past members
  • Rudolph G. Volkwein
  • Jacob C. Volkwein

Volkwein Brothers, also known as Volkwein Music, is a music business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has continued to be run in the same family for three generations.[1] It was opened in 1905 by immigrants from Germany, brothers Jacob C. Volkwein (1880-1984) and Rudolph G. Volkwein (1882-1954).

Rudolph and J. C. Volkwein worked for F. Bechtel before acquiring his sheet music and small goods businesses.[2][3] Photographs of the storefront and center column were taken in 1915.[4][5] In 1923 the store's window was taken up with a display for an oriental foxtrot called "Fate".[6]

Volkwein acquired Joseph Erskine Agnew's music business in 1939.[7]

Vollwein Brothers published James V. Colonna's "America Forever" march after Pearl Harbor was attacked.[8]

The University of Maryland has a collection of their band music.[9] The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a box of Volkwein music books.[10]

The store sells sheet music, instruments,[11] and has offered lessons. One of its instructors was prominent pianist Charlotte Enty Catlin.[12] Billy Strayhorn was a customer[13] and took lessons from Catlin.

The Andy Warhol Museum took over the store's building.[14]


  1. "Obituary: Carl W. Volkwein / Ran longtime family music store". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. "Volkwein Bros Music Established in Pittsburgh PA 1905". July 30, 1905. p. 2 – via newspapers.com.
  3. "PTM". Piano Trade Publishing [etc.] June. July 11, 1967 – via Google Books.
  4. "Volkwein Brothers Store Front | Historic Pittsburgh". historicpittsburgh.org.
  5. "Volkwein Brothers Center Column | Historic Pittsburgh". historicpittsburgh.org.
  6. "Music Trades". Music Trades Corporation. November 11, 1923 – via Google Books.
  7. Walker, Diane Parr (1983). "From "Hawk-Eye March and Quick Step" to "Caprice Hongrois": Music Publishing in Iowa". American Music. 1 (4): 42–62. doi:10.2307/3051779. JSTOR 3051779 – via JSTOR.
  8. Diane, Acerni; Society, Armstrong County Historical (November 2, 2009). Kittanning. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781439622162 – via Google Books.
  9. "Collection: Volkwein Bros. Band collection | Archival Collections". archives.lib.umd.edu.
  10. "Pittsburgh Sheet Music Collection".
  11. Margittai, Michele (July 17, 2008). Insiders' Guide® to Pittsburgh. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781461746867 – via Google Books.
  12. Whitaker, Mark (January 30, 2018). Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781501122439 – via Google Books.
  13. Hajdu, David (June 28, 1996). Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn. Macmillan. ISBN 9780374194383 – via Google Books.
  14. Tribune, Tom Hundley, Chicago. "STEEL CITY TO OFFER BIGGEST PICTURE OF WARHOL'S ART". chicagotribune.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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