Max Dreyfus  (1874-1964)
Last updated: 17.02.23
According to the Internet source given below, Max Dreyfus was a German-born American music publisher, arranger and songwriter. Between the 1910s and 1950s he encouraged and published the work of many of the writers of the so-called Great American Songbook, and was president of Chappell & Co., Inc., the world's largest music publishing firm.
Born in Kuppenheim, Germany, he moved to the USA in 1888 and worked as a travelling salesman. In the mid-1890s he worked on Tin Pan Alley in New York City closely with Paul Dresser transcribing song arrangements. He then had a position at T.B. Harms & Co. arranging and plugging songs, He wrote his first succesful song Cupid's Garden (1901), published under the Max Eugene. Prior to that he had written a few ragtime numbers such as De Ragtime Dance (1899) published by Consolidated Music Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Max and his younger brother Louis Dreyfus (1877-1967) bought the T.B. Harms shares in 1904 retaining the company name and entered into a partnership with Francis, Day & Hunter. By 1926 they had sold T.B. Harms and bought Chappel outright reconstituting their holdings as Chappell, Inc.
Max Dreyfus died in Brewster, New York.
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     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Cupid's Garden - Song (1901) M. Dreyfus (music)
Bert Timoney (words)
Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif In Roseland M. Dreyfus (music) Piano YorkSpace Pub.
pdf15.gif Rosey, Rosey (1899) M. Dreyfus (music)
Andrew Sterling (words)
Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Shady Lane (1906), A M. Dreyfus (music) Piano IMSLP Pub.
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 16 works by Max Dreyfus (1874-1964). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif (w&m)
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Carolina Cake Walk, A 1898  wvicon.gif
De Ragtime Dance 1899  wvicon.gif
Hello Ma Baby! 1899  Pub.
Hunt Ball, The 1899  Pub.
Just a Lock of Hair For Mother 1899 Andrew B. Sterling (words)  Pub.
Prancing Pickaninnies 1899  Pub.
Proposal, The 1899  Pub.
Rosey, Rosey 1899 Andrew Sterling (words)  Pub.
Cupid's Garden 1901 as Max C, Eugene  Pub.
Cupid's Garden - Song 1901 Bert Timoney (words)
as Max C, Eugene
Dem White Pants 1901  Pub.
Antar (w&m) 1902  wvicon.gif
Mousme 1903 as Max C, Eugene  Pub.
In Roseland 1904 as Max C, Eugene  Pub.
My Southern Belle 1905 Jerome Kern (words)
Nellie McCoy (perf.)
Shady Lane, A 1906  Pub.