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Bland & Wellerlocked

  • Frank Kidson,
  • William C. Smith
  •  and Peter Ward Jones

English music publishers and instrument makers. The business, not to be confused with that of John Bland, was founded in London in 1784 by Anne Bland, who went into partnership with E. Weller in 1792. In addition to their publishing activities, which included country-dance collections and the first English edition of three Mozart piano sonatas (k280, 282, 283), they are also described as piano makers, and wind instruments bearing their name are extant. In 1805 the firm purchased from Dibdin the copyrights of 360 of his songs together with his musical stock, which they then reissued. Anne Bland retired in about 1818, and a sale of plates and copyrights took place, though Weller carried on the business as Weller & Co. until 1820.

Bibliography

W. Waterhouse: The New Langwill Index: a Dictionary of Musical Wind-Instrument Makers and Inventors
C. Humphries and W.C. Smith: Music Publishing in the British Isles
F. Kidson: British Music Publishers, Printers and Engravers