Estienne Roger (1660s–1722) was an Amsterdam-based music publisher of the 18th century. Roger and his family moved in 1685 due to their Prostentatism and the Edict of Nantes; he only started apprenticeship in printing in 1691. He was publishing music by 1697.
In his will, Roger designated his eldest, Jeanne (1692–1722) to succeed him in business. From 1716 on (when the will was made), her name was the imprint used. Upon Roger's death, Jeanne kept up the business but died soon after him, having cut her younger sister out of her will. She left the business to an employee, Gerrit Drinkman. He too died quickly. The younger sister (Francoise) had her husband, who owned a rival business, take over the Roger enterprise but Francoise also died soon after. Her husband (Michel-Charles Le Cene) continued in the printing business until his death in 1743. He made frequent reimpressions of Roger plates. Upon his death, the stock was purchased by De La Coste.
In the course of 47 years, the Roger firm printed over 600 titles — only 100 of which were original Le Cene issues. The editions were renowned for quality of engraving and accuracy of print. Roger, however, was a notable pirate who mainly re-engraved the editions of others, instead of contacting composers directly. Thus, he had a very international stock, and distribution too with agents in Belgium, Germany, England (notably John Walsh), and France. Roger was also the first music publisher to number his editions. This commenced in 1716 with numbering his stock randomly; thereafter all editions were numbered chronologically. He also printed catalogues from 1698 to 1716. Between these two factors, his publications are much easier to date than others of the era.
Composers published included Italians like Corelli, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Caldara, Marcello, A. Scarlatti, Torelli, Ceracini; Frenchmen such as Lully, Mouton, and Marais; and Germans such as Telemann, Handel, and Quantz. These editions include first editions of Vivaldi Opp.3-13 and the complete works of Corelli, including the famous edition of the Op. 5 with ornaments written in.
While Roger plagiarized prolifically, he had to deal with Pierre Mortier, who undercut many of his publication. However, when Mortier died, Roger acquired his stock and reissued many publications.
"The importance of the firm in the distribution of music in the first half of the 18th century cannot be overestimated."1
- Roger Marchand Librarie
- Estienne Roger (1691-1716)
- Jean Roger (1716-1722)
- Drinkman (1723)?
- Francoise Roger (1724)?
- Roger & La Cene (ca.1724-1743)
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- 1. Sadie, Stanley. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
- New York and London: Macmillan Publications, 1980.