Antony Choudens

Antony (de) Choudens (11 February 1849 – 15 July 1902) was one of the most notable French music publishers and an occasional composer.

Antony de Choudens
Born11 February 1849
Died15 July 1902(1902-07-15) (aged 53)
OccupationMusic publisher, composer

Life and business history

Choudens was born in Paris. He succeeded his father Antoine de Choudens (1825–1888), who had founded the Paris-based company in May 1844, and which had grown to importance following the successful publication of Charles Gounod's opera Faust in 1859.[1] He was also the nephew of the librettist Émilien Pacini. He studied harmony with Georges Bizet.

From November 1874, Antony de Choudens participated with 10 percent in the shares of the company, with 80 percent held by his father and the remaining 10 percent by his brother Paul. Following the death of their father in November 1888, the brothers took over the company, with Antoine holding 40 percent and Paul 60 percent.[1] The company closed down in 1914.

The company traded as Choudens (1844–1874), Choudens père et fils (1875–1888), Choudens fils (1889–1891), Choudens or Paul Choudens (1892–1914). Their addresses in Paris (with approximate years of business) were:[2]

  • 10, rue Neuve du Luxembourg (1844–1845)
  • 385, rue Saint Honoré (June 1850 – August 1852)
  • 371, rue Saint Honoré (around 1855)
  • 265, rue Saint Honoré (1857 – April 1885)
  • 26, boulevard des Capucines (April 1885 – July 1886)
  • 30, boulevard des Capucines (March 1887 – 1914)

Antony de Choudens died in Fontainebleau.

Selected compositions



  • Devriès, Anik; Lesure, François (1988) [1979]. Dictionnaire des éditeurs de musique français (in French). 2. Genève: Minkoff. pp. 107–109. ISBN 9782826604532. OCLC 5368474.
  • Agnès Chauvin: "L'Hôtel Choudens", in: Livraisons d'histoire de l'architecture, no. 18, 2nd semester 2009.
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