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Theodore Presser Co

In October 1883, with $250 in cash, Theodore Presser began publishing The Etudemusic magazine in Lynchburg, Virginia. The immediate success of this magazine for piano teachers prompted him to seek larger publishing facilities in Philadelphia the next year, and to invent mail-order subscriptions for national sales.His need for repertoire for The Etude led him to publish new music, at first only in the magazine and then separately as Theodore Presser Company. Presser purchased The John Church Company (Sousa’s primary publisher) in 1930 and acquired Oliver Ditson Company in 1931. Through Ditson, Presser traces its origins to 1783, making it the oldest continuing music publisher in the United States. In 1972 Presser acquired Elkan-Vogel and its US distribution rights for European publishers including Durand, Leduc, Lemoine, and many others.


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