|ORGANIST, COMPOSER, MUSIC PUBLISHER (FRANCE)|
BORN 18 Jul 1830, Paris - DIED 31 May 1909, Paris|
BIRTH NAME Massacrié-Durand, Marie-Auguste
GRAVE LOCATION Avon, Seine-et-Marne: Cimetière
Auguste Durand studied under François Benoist at the Conservatory in Paris. In 1849 he was engaged as organist at Saint-Ambroise. Later engagements included St. Geneviève, St. Roch and from 1862 to 1874 St. Vincent de Paul.
In 1869 he founded Durand-Schoenewerk with Louis Schoenewerk. They bought the music catalogue of Gustave Flaxland (1821-1895) that listed 1,400 titles including early Wagner operas. The company ceased to exist in 1885 and the catalogue was sold at auction in 1896. Durand and Schoenewerk bought it back and restarted their company together with Durand's son Jacques. In 1891 Schoenewerk left the company that was renamed to A. Durand & fils.
The company specialised in publishing works by French composers like Jules Massenet, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Albert Roussel. After Auguste Durand died in Paris in 1909 Jacques took over the company.
Son: Durand, Jacques