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The Business of Music$
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Michael Talbot

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235286

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312717

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Debussy, Durand et Cie: A French Composer and His Publishers (1884–1917)

Debussy, Durand et Cie: A French Composer and His Publishers (1884–1917)

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The Business of Music

Robert Orledge

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between composer Claude Debussy and music publisher Jacques Durand. Auguste Durand and Louis Schoenewerk founded the firm Durand-Schoenewerk et Cie at the end of 1869, during which they also took over the extensive German and French catalogue of Gustave Flaxland. The family firm was renamed to Durand et Cie in 1909 and became the leading publisher of contemporary music in France. Its list of composers at the time already included Debussy, Paul Dukas, Vincent d'Indy, Edouard Lalo, Jules Massenet, Maurice Ravel, Albert Roussel and Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor. This chapter considers how Durand served as Debussy's banker and accountant, Debussy's worsening financial situation in 1912–1913 and his correspondence with Durand which deals with every aspect of their relationship.

Keywords:   France, composers, Claude Debussy, music publisher, Jacques Durand, Auguste Durand, Louis Schoenewerk, Durand et Cie, correspondence

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