- Alice Tacu
Romanian music publishing house, founded in 1957 in Bucharest. It was established at the initiative of Ion Dumitrescu, the director of the Romanian Union of Composers and Musicologists at that time, was organized as part of this institution’s departments, and subsequently was under the Union’s administration. Its official launch was understated, probably due to repeated previous efforts to establish a publishing house department within the Union, often due to difficulties and uncertainties in legal status. Previous to this founding year, the Union, in its attempt to encourage Romanian music and make it visible to a wider audience, collaborated with private publishing houses, Romanian or foreign, and was connected to the establishment of a Music Department (1954) within a well-known arts and literature publishing house, E.S.P.L.A. (Editura de stat pentru literatură şi artă). It is with this music department within E.S.P.L.A. that the Union’s publishing activity increased and the complete publishing process became professionalized especially in regards to the musical graphic norms for scores and musicological books. Here the editorial staff began to form, and they took their knowledge to the newly formed Editura Muzicală a few years later (...