Educated at the Paris Conservatoire under Cesar Franck and Camille Saint-Saens, Durand began his career in 1849 as an organist in Saint-Ambroise. In 1862, he moved on to St. Genevieve. During this early period, much of his work centered on composition and music criticism. In 1869, he entered into a partnership with Schonework in acquiring the Flaxland music publishing business. In 1885, the company was dissolved and the partners purchased the business on auction, acquiring a large collection of works. In 1891, Schonework was replaced by Durand's son Jacques and the company became A. Durand & Son. Auguste continued in the publishing business until his death in 1909. Durand's repertoire was limited; primarily keyboard works, of which the Waltzes are the best known.
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Waltz - Op. 83 No. 1
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