- Jeremy Drake
French firm of music publishers. It was founded in Paris in 1896 by Louis Billaudot (1871–1936) with his purchase of Editions Alphonse Laurens and initially specialized in choral, band and theatrical music as well as works on the study of harmony. The business was expanded with the publication of new music and the acquisition of other firms: Cordier (1903), Lory (1905), Gobert (1907), Tilliard (1914), Guille (1918), Thomas (1921), Pinatel (1926), Librairie Théâtrale (1929) and, since World War II, Béthune (1945), Costallat (1958), Andrieu (1962), Pierre Noël (1966), Jacquot (1973) and Editions Françaises de Musique (the former publications section of Radio France; 1988).
In the 1920s Robert Billaudot (1910–81) and Gérard Billaudot (1911–86) joined the firm; from ...