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date: 06 June 2020

United Music Publishers [UMP]locked

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[UMP]

English music publishers and French music agents, active in London. It was founded in 1932 by Durand, Lemoine and Labbé to promote their catalogues, and French music in general, in the UK. James Henry Wood became director in 1936 and in the following four years several more French publishers joined the group: Costallat, Rouart-Lerolle, Joubert, Herelle, Hamelle, Enoch and Elkan-Vogel. State financial support was given in 1938 and the Centre de la Musique Française was established. From 1939 the company was run by Wood’s daughter Pauline who added the representation of several more French firms to the company. It obtained the first UK performances of works by Messiaen, Dutilleux and Duruflé, and helped organize the ‘Concerts de musique Française’ at the Wigmore Hall. Works by contemporary British composers, such as Edwin Roxburgh and Simon Bainbridge, started to be published in the 1970s and from 1982 UMP significantly expanded its role as an agent of French (and occasionally Spanish) music as well as a music publisher in its own right. It publishes the Organ Repertoire Series, and its contemporary repertory has been augmented with works by Richard Barrett, Diana Burrell, Chris Dench, Michael Finnissy and Stephen Montague....

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