The Anglo-French Music Co.

The Anglo-French Music Co cover 1917
Anglo-French-OUP cover 1920s)



This London company started during the First World War and was taken over by Oxford University Press's new music department under Humphrey Milford in the mid 1920s. The design and printing of the scores were the same as those of Charles Avison Ltd. (1905 to 1918), with the addition of the combined coq gaulois (Gallic rooster) and Union Jack logo.

In spite of the company's name, it published very few works by French composers (a few by Pierre Gascon and Denis Lassimonne, possibly pseudonyms). The large catalog,(over 300 items in 10 years according to the BL catalog) consisted mainly of piano works for both amateurs and professionals, by Harold Craxton, Leo Livens, Tobias Matthay, York Bowen, Dorothy Howell, Felix Swinstead, Markham Lee, Arnold Bax, Thompson, Eva Pain, Lillian Smith, Peggy Cochrane and Thomas Dunhill. Many violin works were provided by John Blackwood McEwen, B.J.Dale, H. Davies and E.R Woof, and there were a few songs by Bainton and Colin Taylor. Especially many of the piano works have stood the test of time, and are still in print nearly 100 year after their first publication.

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies

  • The Anglo-French Music Co.
  • The Anglo-French Music Series, O.U.P

Plate Numbers

In the form A. F. M. Cº. etc.

Plate Composer Work Year
001 McEwen String Quartet No.9 (score) 1917
02 McEwen A Little Sonata (score & pt) 1917
004 Swinstead 5 Idylls, Op.38 1917
026 McEwen 2 Poems (score & pt) 1918
027 Dunhill A Story Book 1918
031-32 Matthay From My Sketch-Book, Opp.24, 26
046 McEwen Violin Sonata No.2 1919
0048 Swinstead The Pianist's First Music Making 1919
049 Matthay 5 Cameos, Op.29 1919
055 Bowen Mood Phases, Op.52 1919
056 Bowen Polonaise, Op.26 No.2 1923
059 McEwen Piano Sonatina in G minor 1919
065 O'Neill In the Branches 1919
077 Swinstead Fantasie in B-flat minor 1920
0110 Matthay On Surrey Hills, Op.30 1919
0150 Matthay Moods of a Moment, Op.11 1920
0159 Matthay 3 Lyric Studies, Op.33 1921
0165 O'Neill 4 Easy Pieces 1921
{{{1}}}219 Delius 3 Preludes 1923
{{{1}}}232 Swinstead Prélude romantique, Op.54 1924
{{{1}}}253 Swinstead Variations on a Theme by Concone

Sources Consulted

  • COPAC (BL)