Michel-Charles Le Cène

Michel-Charles Le Cène (1684 in Honfleur, France, 29 April 1743 in Amsterdam) was a French-Dutch printer and music publisher.



Le Cène came from a French Huguenot family who had taken refuge in the Netherlands after the annulment of the Edict of Nantes (1685). In 1716, he married Françoise Roger (1694-1723), the daughter of the well-known Amsterdam publisher Estienne Roger, and entered the company of his father-in-law. By 1720 at the latest, he founded his own printing and publishing concern. When Roger and his two successors (his younger daughter Jeanne and their employee Gerrit Drinkman) died within a few months of each other in late 1722/1723, Le Cène bought the Roger concern and issued numerous reprints under the name "Estienne Roger & Le Cène". New publications, on the other hand, bore only the Le Cène imprint.

The focus of the printing and publishing activities of both Roger and Le Cène was music. In the 20 years of his management, Le Cène published nearly 100 new releases, including works by Dall'Abaco, Geminiani, Handel, Locatelli (with whom he was a friend), Quantz, Tartini and Telemann. Because of their careful and tasteful design, their prints (like those of Roger) were appreciated all over Europe. Representation of Le Cène's output was widespread in England, Germany and France along with his native Holland. After Le Cène's death in 1743, the company was bought by the book dealer E. J. de la Coste, who issued no reprints apart from a list of the works published by Roger and Le Cène. Coste soon sold the company to Antoine Chareau, a former Le Cène employee. Two years later, the company was finally dissolved.


See: Scores published by Le Cène


  • Michel-Charles Le Cène (ca.1720-1743)
  • Roger & La Cene (ca.1724-1743)

Plate Numbers

Plate Composer Work Year
420 Mossi 12 Violin Sonatas, Op.1 1716
544 Vivaldi 6 Flute Concertos, Op.10 1729
573 Mossi 12 Violin Sonatas, Op.6 1733
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