A. O'Kelly

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Music publishing firm operated by Auguste O'Kelly in Paris between 1872 and 1888. He belonged to a family of French musicians of Irish origin which included the composers Joseph O'Kelly (1828–1885) and George O'Kelly (1831–1914) and as such has one sentence devoted to him in Joseph's biography in the 1881 supplement to Fétis' Biographie universelle des musiciens: "Un frère de cet artiste, M. A. O'Kelly, est éditeur de musique à Paris."

The Irish artist Aloysius O'Kelly who was studying in Paris in the early 1870s is NOT related to this family.

Auguste O'Kelly's firm operated under the brand name "Au Magasin de Musique du Conservatoire", a company founded in 1794 and originally an imprint for the Paris Conservatory. His predecessors included Célèste Cendrier ("Mme. Cendrier"), Edme Saint-Hilaire and Émile Cellerin. When he gave up in late 1888 his business and most of his catalogue were taken over by Mackar & Noël, later Albert Noël only (until 1910).

Auguste O'Kelly was born on 13 July 1829 in Boulogne-sur-mer and died in Paris on 16 February 1900. For further information see axelklein.de.


Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • Au Magasin de Musique du Conservatoire, A. O'Kelly


  • Paris, 11 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière

Plate Numbers

O'Kelly's plate numbers were issued in a regular chronological fashion. Plate numbers are in the format of A.O.K. or A.O'K. #### although some scores were published with no plate numbers and others using initials of the composers. In these cases the composers financed the print.

Plate Composer Work Year
0205 Chabeaux Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.20 1875
0212 Chabeaux Raggio di luna, Op.12 1875
0328 Vincent Chanson de ma mie, Op.30 1876
0329 Vincent Sevillana, Op.31 1876
0346 Lack Les etoiles filante, Op.26 1877
0347 Lack Boléro, Op.27 1877
0405 Pfeiffer 6 Études, Op.60 1878
0638 Talexy Les mouches 1877
0722 Lack Danse-Caprice, Op.28 1878
0724 Lack 12 Études elégantes, Op.30 1878
0734 Beethoven Symphony No.1, Op.21 (Andante arr. 2 pianos/8 hands by Pfeiffer 1878
0782 Lack 2 Pièces de clavecin 1879
0783 Lack Valse espagnole, Op.32 1879
0814 Lack Études de bravoure, Op.43 1880
1024 Gottschalk El Cocoyé, Op.80 1882
1104 Deffès Hosanna! 1883
1145 Semet Ave Maria 1884
1152 Orliac La Retraite du 130me, piano 1884
1189 Hasselmans Valse de concert, Op.4 1885
1193 Rougnon Perruque poudrée, Op.88 1885
1255 Rubinstein 6 Etudes, Op.23 1885
1396 Verginy, de Tzigane, Op.19 1887
1397 Verginy, de Promenade matinale, Op.18 1887

Sources Consulted

  1. Biographie universelle des musiciens (Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1881)
  2. Anik Devriès & François Lesure: Dictionnaire des éditeurs de musique français, vol. 2: De 1820 à 1914 (Geneva: Minkoff, 1988)
  3. axelklein.de
  4. Bibliographie de la France

Authority control

  • VIAF (O'Kelly Editeur de musique)
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