Éditions Salabert, founded over a hundred years ago, owes the wealth and variety of its catalogue to the genius of Francis Salabert and his wife, Mica, who succeeded him at the head of the company in 1947. With more than 80,000 works, it is one of the greatest cultural treasures of the French patrimony.
First and foremost - chronologically at least - Salabert possesses one of the most astonishing collections of light music, its catalogue including operettas (for example Phi-phi, Ciboulette, La Belle de Cadix), songs (more than 600 titles by Vincent Scotto as well as others by Maurice Yvain, Moretti, Trenet, Bruant), jazz (Duke Ellington), film music (Les Enfants du Paradis, La Romance de Paris, Napoléon among many others). Celebrated singers associated with the Salabert repertory include Mistinguett, Joséphine Baker, Mayol, Marlene Dietrich, Tino Rossi, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and Charles Trenet.
"Serious" music has not been forgotten: whether it be through direct publishing orby the acquisition of important collections (Rouart-Lerolle, Senart, Deiss, etc.), Salabert became the main publisher of the 'Groupe des Six' (in particular of Honegger, Auric, Milhaud, Poulenc), but also of Satie, Sauguet, Chausson, Duparc, d'Indy, Ropartz, Magnard, Roussel, etc.
More recently Salabert reinforced its activity in favour of symphonic and chamber music by progressively building up one of the finest catalogues of contemporary music in the world. Aperghis, Boucourechliev, Constant, Dao, Darasse, Dusapin, Eötvös, Guézec, Jolas, Landowski, Malec, Méfano, Murail, Reverdy, Scelsi, Takemitsu, Tanguy, Xenakis - to name but a very few - are among the names that illustrate the pioneering editorial policy of a company that has been able to attract the leading composers of its day.
In the domain of teaching materials, Salabert publishes some classic methods such as Marthe Morhange-Motchane's The Little Keyboard, Martial Solal's Méthode d'improvisation and Didier Lockwood's Cordes et âme. Above all, however, it publishes the invaluable practical editions of the great French pianist Alfred Cortot.
The reputation abroad of the name Salabert is such that the company has progressively built up one of the most important professional networks of sub-publishing in existence, dealing with more than ten countries.