It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Dr. Rudolf Stephan, born in 1925, who enriched numerous Universal Edition publications with his knowledge and musical acumen. He was president of the Society for Music Research and the International Schönberg Society. Three international Schönberg congresses took place under his direction. In 1981 he was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold of the Republic of Austria. As the editor of the editions of Arnold Schönberg and Alban Berg, he set new standards for our house, which we owe to his accuracy and love of music.