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David L. Crouse and David W. Music

(b Tennessee, Oct 13, 1792; d Franklin, TN, Oct 18, 1859). American singing-school teacher and tunebook compiler. Nothing is known of his early activities or training, but by 1817 Carden was an established singing-school teacher in the Tennessee area. He taught a singing school in St. Louis, Missouri, in ...

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Marie Cornaz

(b Lille, June 8, 1731; d Brussels, July 30, 1804). French bookseller, printer and type founder, active in the southern Netherlands. Born into a family of printers, he was the son of Henri de Boubers and Marie Catherine Gavroy. He married Marie-Thérèse Joseph Panckoucke, a sister of the French bookseller Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, and later married Marie-Thérèse Joseph d'Audenarde. A bookseller in Dunkirk by about ...

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Peter Ward Jones

(b Lövånger, Swedish Lapland, 1720; d ?Stockholm, 1782). Swedish printer and publisheractive in London. After studies at Uppsala University and some years of clerical work he became a general book printer. About 1760 he developed his own version of Breitkopf’s improvements in printing music from movable type, using a system of 166 characters. He applied for a patent in ...

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Marie Cornaz

(b Saint Samson, 1740; d Brussels, Dec 24, 1806). French bookseller, publisher and agent, active in Brussels. First a seller of engravings, he became one of the principal music sellers in Brussels from 1774. He published the works of Honauer, Pauwels and G. Ferrari, and made a request to the Milan engraver C.G. Barbieri to publish the works of C.-L.-J. André. Godefroy was also the Brussels agent for numerous Parisian publishers, his name appearing on the title-page of publications by La Chevardière (for the works of Anfossi and Paisiello), Sieber (Cramer, Haydn, Kammel), Durieu (Dalayrac), Heina (Eichner, J.A. Lorenziti, Vanhal), Mmes Le Menu and Boyer (J.H. Schröter), J.-P. Deroullède (B. Lorenziti, Pieltain, Anton Stamitz), Mondhare (Staes), Bailleux (Chevalier de Saint-Georges) and Camand (Jean Cremont). Being the Brussels agent for Heina, Godefroy was the first to distribute the music of Mozart in Brussels with a Parisian edition of the op.4 piano sonatas....

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Roland Würtz

(bap. Mannheim, Feb 7, 1740; d Worms, Feb 15, 1810). German music publisher. By his own account he founded a firm of music engravers in Mannheim in 1768, but documentary evidence of his publications exists only from 1773. He soon incorporated a music shop into his publishing enterprise, buying new publications for it on his travels, especially in Paris; the publisher’s catalogue he printed for the Frankfurt book fair includes works by Gossec, Rigel, Hüllmandel and Boccherini. On ...

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François Lesure

(b Mieschitz [now Měšic], nr Prague, Nov 20, 1729; d Paris, Feb 28, 1790). Czech musician and publisher. He was in Paris from 1764, as cor de chasse to the Prince de Conti and later trompette de chevau-léger de la garde du roy...

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Lasairíona Duignan and Barra R. Boydell

(d Dublin, 1813). Irish composer, music publisher and instrument maker. George Petrie considered him to have been the ‘most eminent British composer of military music in his time’. A Collection of Quick and Slow Marches, Troops &c. can be dated 1795–8. A square piano dated ...

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Alexander Weinmann

(b c1722; d Jan 13, 1791). Engraver and music publisher of Flemish descent. He worked in Paris from 1756 as a musician at the Opéra and performer on the viola d’amore, but became most prominent for his activities as an engraver and music publisher. He appears to have published works by Wagenseil in ...

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Rita Benton

(b Paris, March 9, 1753; d Paris, April 15, 1832). French violinist and music publisher. As a boy he studied with Pierre Gaviniès; at the age of 17 he made his début in a concerto in which he showed great promise, according to the ...

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Frank Kidson, William C. Smith and David Johnson

(b Ettrick Valley, c1750; d Edinburgh, Feb 26, 1811). Scottish music engraver. He was a leading Edinburgh engraver, who from 1772 to 1790 prepared plates for well over half the music issued in Scotland. The son of Charles Johnson, he was probably apprenticed with James Reed, an early Edinburgh music engraver. Johnson's first known work is Domenico Corri's ...

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Frank Kidson, William C. Smith and Peter Ward Jones

(fl 1740–62). English music publisher, printer, music seller and possibly violin maker. He began his business in London by 1740, and probably acquired part of those of Daniel Wright and Benjamin Cooke, some of whose publications he reissued from the original plates. Around the mid-18th century the predominance of the Walsh engraving and publishing business began to wane, and Johnson was responsible for publishing some of the best music of the day, including works by Arne, Felton, Geminiani, Nares, Domenico Scarlatti and Stanley, as well as annual volumes and large collections of country dances. Unusually, many of Johnson's editions bore dates; their technical quality was high, some being engraved by John Phillips. A number of fair-quality violins bear the Johnson label, most probably made for rather than actually by him....

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Cliff Eisen

(b ?1737/8; d Vienna, Nov 23, 1794). Austrian music copyist and publisher. He apparently began his commercial music copying business in Vienna on 27 March 1782; by 13 August 1783, when he moved his premises to the Kärntnerstrasse, he was calling himself a music publisher (though the business at that time handled only the retail sale of printed and manuscript music). A few publications from his firm appeared between ...

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Brian Boydell

(b ?Dublin; d Dublin, Feb 21, 1776). Irish publisher, music seller and violinist. He was one of the most prominent and active musicians in Dublin during the 1750s and 60s. In 1745 he was admitted to the City Music, of which he was appointed bandmaster in ...

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Alexander Weinmann and Nigel Simeone

(b Elberfeld, c1753; d Vienna, Jan 11, 1807). Austrian engraver and music publisher. He opened an art shop in Vienna about 1770 and became known for his topical cheap copperplate engravings; Gräffer aptly named him the ‘iconographic journalist’. Through publishing calendars and almanacs he came into contact with literary and musical circles and acquired a modest position in the Guild of Viennese Music Publishers. In the ...

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Alexander Weinmann

( b Nuremberg, c 1776; d Vienna, April 18, 1816). Viennese music publisher . His firm began publishing in 1810, reissuing salable works from Leopold Kozeluch’s Musikalisches Magazin publishing house and the music of such composers as Gelinek, Gyrowetz, Hummel and Vanhal. While the production was for the most part of fashionable pieces and dance music, it also included some minor works by Beethoven. After Maisch’s death the firm continued to trade under his name until ...

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Brian Boydell

( b ?Dublin; d Dublin, 1763). Irish music publisher, music seller, instrument dealer and violinist . He worked from about 1738 in the business established by his brother Bartholemew (d July 1758) about a year previously at Corelli’s Head, opposite Anglesea Street in College Green, Dublin. In ...

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Richard Macnutt

(b Bologna, Feb 1, 1745; d Marseilles, 1812). Italian music publisher and composer. About 1770 he began publishing in Venice and, probably in mid-1773, took the violinist and composer Carlo Canobbio (1741–1822) into partnership. Although the enterprise was temporarily abandoned about ...

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Paul van Reijen

(b Hanover, c1720; d Amsterdam, bur. April 10, 1781). Dutch music publisher and musician of German birth . On 27 August 1765 Markordt became a burgher of Amsterdam. He founded his music shop and publishing house ‘à la Salle d'Estampes au haut de l'Escalier de la Bourse’. In the years ...

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William C. Smith and Peter Ward Jones

( b Duchy of Modena, 1762; d London, June 14, 1839). Italian flautist, instrument maker and publisher . He apparently played both the flute and the oboe, but gave up the latter after moving to England where he first appeared at a London concert in ...

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Frank Kidson, H.G. Farmer and Peter Ward Jones

( b ?1740/41; d Somerston [? Somers Town, London], 1812). Scottish musician and music publisher . He is first recorded in 1758 as a violinist in the Canongate Theatre orchestra, Edinburgh. By 1765 he had moved to London, where in September that year he became a member of the Royal Society of Musicians. He married Jane Stewart on ...