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Included in this section are links to the many sources referenced throughout the site, others of interest to Damase specifically and to the classical music devotee in general
Worldwide links to Damase's publishers and representatives
Gérard Billaudot, Éditeur was founded more a century ago in 1896 by Louis Billaudot (1871-1936) and has remained a family business. Louis Billaudot was succeeded by his two sons Robert (1910-1981) and Gérard (1911-1986), the latter managing the company single-handed from 1957. Gérard Billaudot's son-in-law François Derveaux took over in 1979 as part of a new structure called Gérard Billaudot Editeur S.A. They are now one of France's most important publishers in the fields of music teaching as concerns both works on music theory and instrumental methods and studies. In 1988 they added works published by Editions Française de Musique (formerly French Radio & Television),including a large number of pieces premiered between 1947 and 1975. They also publish a large number of contemporary composers such as Patrick Burgan, Jacques Castérède, Qigang Chen, Marc-André Dalbavie, Edison Denisov, Bertrand Dubedout, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Hurel, Betsy Jolas, Philippe Leroux, Fabien Levy, Serge Nigg, Germaine Tailleferre and Alexandre Tansman without favouring any particular style or school.

Now just one company, the venerable houses of Durand & Cie, Éditions Salabert, and Éditions Eschig have merged to form Durand-Salabert-Eschig Éditions Musicales. With a combined library of more than 30,000 works from composers as diverse as Albéniz to Boulez and Debussy to Villa-Lobos - not to mention many fine works by Jean-Michel Damase - they are an important punblisher indeed.

Alphonse Leduc et Cie has been one of the premier French musical publishing houses since its inception in 1841. Still a family-run business, the fifth generation of Leducs have continued to expand, having acquired Bornemann, Gras, Hamelle, Heugel and Éditions Ouvrières. Various European and/or French sales and/or hire contracts with Boosey & Hawkes, Bote & Bock, Editio Musica Budapest, Faber Music, Hug, Foetisch, Lido Mélodies, Mercury, Moeck, Sikorski, Supraphon, Suvini-Zerboni, and Theodore Presser have also turned Leduc into one of the most important musical publishers not only in France, but in Europe and elsewhere.. 

Editions Henry Lemoine. Venerable music publishing house since 1772 and primary representatives of Jean-Michel DAMASE Publisher of many of his important works.
The Theodore Presser Company is the oldest continuing music publisher in the United States. founded by Theodore Presser (1848-1925) in 1883. In 1972, the Theodore Presser Company acquired Elkan-Vogel and its agencies making Theodore Presser Company the most important distributor of French music in the United States. Most of Damase's publishers are represented in the US by this company.
United Music Publishers Ltd are publishers and distributors of classical sheet music. Well known as the representative in the UK and Ireland for all the major French music publishers (including those representing Damase), they also publish their own British-based catalogue of works by innovative contemporary composers.

Le Magasin de la Harpe de Paris 

Le Magasin de la Harpe carries a huge selection of items for the harpist: New harps by Aoyama, Venus & Camac, in addition to a selection of used instruments, a large variety of sheet music, very helpfully organized, and, of course, strings, accessories and repairs and regulation. They are also involved in the new series of works by Damase called "Harposphère."  Located right next to the Arc de Triomphe at 14, avenue Carnot 75017 - Paris; Tel (+33)(0)1 43 80 01 56; Fax (+33)(0)1 46 22 72 16.

Music Retailers (New)

Makers of a revolutionary new harp, Camac harps have rapidly become a favorite of musicians worldwide. Entirely re-designed, Camac harps are known for their light weight, tuning stability, ease of regulation and strength.
Flute World - If it relates to the flute, it's here: sheet music, recordings, instruments, repair - everything. Graded music catalogue is well-arranged, searchable, accurate and helpful.
Tower Records - Not only the best selection of recorded classical music on the web, they provide the benchmark of online customer service. All this and prices are still below list. If you need music, make this your starting point.
Video YesterYear - Huge selection of out-of-print films from classics to cult. Many radio dramas on audio, too.

Music Retailers (Specialists - Out of print, etc)

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Record Labels

Somm Recordings was founded in 1995 with the aim "to share with you the joy of classical music and the delight of discovering fresh repertoire, performed by artists of talent and scholarship.... In addition to an unusual catalogue of choral music and song, SOMM and its artists are now working together to uncover new corners of the repertoire in a variety of genres, styles and periods, from the unique to the extraordinary and from the early to the avant-garde." Piano Music by Jean-Michel DAMASE, Nicholas Unwin, pianist is exemplary of this committment. 


Anna Noakes & Gillian Tingay - Website of the two brilliant musicians featured in Jean-Michel Damase: Music for Flute, Harp & Strings. Biographies, repertoire, recording samples, booking and contact information included.

Classical Music Sites

AllAboutOpera contains information on more than 200 composers and more than 500 operas. News, featured works and composers, as well as a database searchable by title, composer, country and date. 
Classical Composers Database - An ever-growing website listing 1100+ composers. Contains biographical information, brief discussion of their music and life, and links to composer-specific websites worldwide.
Classical Music UK - Where classical music fans of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world come to chat, learn and listen and share their passion for great music. Chat, mailing lists, classifieds and more.

Classical Music on the Web

BBC Radio 3 - The world's greatest broadcasting corporation's classical radio station. Live audio, extensive articles, reviews, and so much more. Should be a regular Internet stop for any classical music enthusiast.
Classic FM - Crystal-clear Internet audio and accessible programming make this UK staple a comfortably rewarding listening choice.

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