The history of Editions Henry Lemoine covers more than two centuries... Several important dates in the development of an exceptional family enterprise.
Pierre H. Lemoine
In 1772, Antoine-Marcel Lemoine, founded a music publishing business at 556 rue de l'Echelle-Honoré in Paris. He was a composer, violonist and music teacher, a talented musician who formely played the violin at the Théâtre de Madame de Montasier at the court of Versailles, and later the viola at the Théâtre de Monsieur (brother to Louis XVI). As soon as he opened his business under the sign of "A l'Esperance", fortune smiled on him and his numerous contacts in the world of music.In 1810 it was he who published Méhul's Mess Solennelle with ochestra, written in honour of Napoléon 1st.
It was Antoine's youngest son, Jean-Henry Lemoine (known as Henry) who succeeded him in 1816. Henry was one of the most renowned piano teachers in Paris, having been the first in France to organize group lessons to motivate his piano pupils.
Under his guidance the publishing house, already the haunt of musical celebrities of the day, became one of the largest in Paris. Henry Lemoine published works by Chopin, and in 1844 added the famous Traité de l'orchestration by Berlioz to his catalogue. For his pupils Henry wrote a piano method and studies which are still used today. Later he worked with Fernando Carulli on a theory book which was to become the Solfège des solfèges, of which 10 million copies have been printed to date.
In 1850, three years before his death, Henry Lemoine who was by now blind, brought his son Achille Lemoine into the business, a pianist and piano teacher. Under the enterprising spirit of Achille the premises at 17 rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle saw the addition of a printing press with the latest lithographic procedures, and integrated workshops for book-blinding and engraving. In 1858 he revolutionized the world of music publishing by offering the public a number of clear and error-free editions in the series Le Panthéon des pianistes. He added to the educational tradition established by his predecessors and made it by his own with Danhauser's famous Théorie de la musique, another great success which is still widely used today. In 1885 Achille made his four sons associate publishers, including Henry-Félicien and Léon who, on the death of Achille in 1895, would jointly direct the firm, now renamed Henry Lemoine & Cie.
In 1920 Henry-Jean, nephew to Henry-Félicien, having joined the business in 1907, now became a co-director, and on the death of his uncle assumed entire control. He gave new life to the business by means of a sizeable distibution of publications throughout the world in foreign languages, including English, Portuguese and Greek, not counting the pirated editions which circulated in Chinese, Russian and Arabic.
In 1946 Henry-Jean jointly managed the firm with his cousin André Lemoine and in 1956 they wer joined by Max, the son of Henry-Jean. Once again the educational catalogue was overhauled, this time to coincide with the mushrooming local conservatories and music schools all over France. The flute method by Pierre-Yves Artaud and saxophone methods by Jean-Marie Londeix date from this period, as do works by Noël-Gallon and Fontaine, later to be published abroad.
When Max Lemoine retired in 1987, his son Pierre became president. Some two hundred years had passed...Some two hundred years had passed since the founding of the firm, years during which Editions Henry Lemoine had published works by the most celebrated composer, including Chopin, Berlioz, Donizetti, Halévy, Franck, Gounod, Messiaen and Piazzolla. Two hundred years of succesful activity which established the firm's success, which saw too the publication of Solfège des solfèges, the Classiques favoris, Chant classique, Le Panthéon des pianistes and Danhauser's Théorie de la musique - to mention but a few.
Editions Henry Lemoine refuses to rest on its "classics" and, since the eighties, has confirmed its role as a specialist in musical teaching. Amongst the musical training works and instrumental methods widely adopted by music teachers, note the famous Méthode de piano (piano method) by Charles herve and Jacqueline Pouillard, translated into 7 languages.
Editions Henry Lemoine join the new media adventure by developping for their best-sellers multimedia applications (CD audio and Cd-rom).
To expand its catalogue of instrumental music, Editions Lemoine is working with internationally renowned soloists : C. Delangle, P.A. Valade, R. Aussel, S. and O. Assad, V. Mikulka, O. Caceres. With this strong foundation in educational and instrumental fields, Editions Henry Lemoine has also a significant place in the field of music for concerts, where its action for contemporary music has continuously spread since 1980. Besides composers as prestigious and worldwide recognized as Hugues Dufourt, Tristan Murail, Michaël Lévinas, Edith Canat de Chizy, Ichiro Nodaïra, Jean-Marc Singier, Philippe Hurel, Michael Jarrell and Gérard Pesson, Editions Henry Lemoine back up young composers such as Brice Pauset, Régis Campo or Bruno Mantovani.
To improve even further the promotion of its composers, Editions Henry Lemoine starts in 2000 its own record company, aeon, which became independant in 2005, then, the same year, creates their own recording production HL Prod.
By widening its activities, Editions Henry Lemoine shows that, more than ever, it listens at today's world with an open mind in order to put its long-lasting print in tomorrow's music inheritage.
"The future doesn't fight the past, it gives it new life" wrote Malraux. Editions Henry Lemoine, proud of its rich past, is now turning towards the future with an open mind, anxious to etablish relations of trust and closeness with its composers. Its present catalogue is concrete evidence of its vitality, in keeping with our times.
Antoine Marcel Lemoine
Henry Félicien Lemoine
Pierre H. Lemoine
The firms which are members of this association must fulfil four criteria: all are at least 200 years old, all are directed by descendants of the founder, the majority of their capital is in family hands, and their finances must be sound. Today there are some thirty firms which, like the Editions Henry Lemoine, are grouped under the patriarch Enoch (or Hénok in French). According to the book of Genesis, Enoch lived for 365 years before entering heaven, which surely augurs well for the association that defends and promotes family businesses in his name.