List of Famous Music Publishers People

List of Famous Music Publishers

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List of famous music publishers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top music publishers in the world? This includes the most prominent music publishers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable music publishers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic music publishers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned music publishers.

List people include Domenico Corri, E. O. Excell and many more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known music publishers to the lesser known music publishers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the music publisher field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous music publishers ever?" and "What are the names of famous music publishers?" then you're in the right place. (10 items)


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    Antonio Diabelli
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    Anton Diabelli was an Austrian music publisher, editor and composer. Best known in his time as a publisher, he is most familiar today as the composer of the waltz on which Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his set of thirty-three Diabelli Variations.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1781-1858)
    • Birthplace: Mattsee, Austria
    • Profession: Editor, Pianist, Music publisher, Composer
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    Domenico Corri was an Italian composer, impresario, music publisher, and voice teacher. Corri was born in Rome and studied voice with Nicola Porpora in Naples. In 1781 he moved to Scotland with his family to become an opera conductor. He became an important singing master in Edinburgh. Both his wife and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1746-1825)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Impresario, Music publisher, Composer, Voice teacher
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    E. O. Excell
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    Edwin Othello Excell, commonly known as E. O. Excell, was a prominent American publisher, composer, song leader, and singer of music for church, Sunday school, and evangelistic meetings during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Some of the significant collaborators in his vocal and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1851-1921)
    • Birthplace: Uniontown, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Music publisher, Composer, Singer
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    Joseph Winner

    Joseph Eastburn Winner was an American composer and music publisher. He is best known for his tune, "The Little Brown Jug". He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he operated a publishing business from 1854 to 1907. He sometimes used the pseudonym R. A. Eastburn on his compositions. From 1845 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1837-1918)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Music publisher, Composer
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    Franz Anton Hoffmeister
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    Franz Anton Hoffmeister was a German composer and music publisher.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1754-1812)
    • Birthplace: Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany
    • Profession: Music publisher, Composer
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    Irving Mills

    Irving Mills was a jazz music publisher and musician, also known by the name of "Joe Primrose." Mills died in 1985 in Palm Springs, California and is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery.more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1894-1985)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Music publisher
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    Tito Ricordi

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1865-1933)
    • Profession: Librettist, Music publisher
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    Giulio Ricordi

    Giulio Ricordi
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    Giulio Ricordi was an Italian editor and musician who joined the family firm, the Casa Ricordi music publishing house, in 1863, then run by his father, Tito, the son of the company's founder Giovanni Ricordi. Upon his father's death in 1888, Giulio became the head of the company until his death.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1840-1912)
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Music publisher
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    Edoardo Sonzogno

    Edoardo Sonzogno was an Italian publisher. A native of Milan, Sonzogno was the son of a businessman who owned a printing plant and bookstore. When he inherited the business upon his father's death he set about turning it into a publishing house, Casa Sonzogno, which opened in 1874. The company ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1836-1920)
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Music publisher
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    Allan Rider

    Allan Rider is a music publisher and was the first husband of actress Lindsay Wagner.more

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    • Profession: Music publisher
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