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James Burke

(b 19 Aug 1858; d 27 Sept 1934). Horticulturalist, amateur musician, and collector of music. Her home, Warley Place in Great Warley, Essex, contained a large library: its contents, assembled with ‘taste and discrimination’, included printed partbooks of music by Bateson, Gibbons, Morley, Forbes, Watson, Wilbye, and Yonge, and editions of the music of Purcell, Handel, Corelli, and Zipoli. There were also some manuscripts, including autograph works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Liszt; the Willmott manuscript – owned by the Norwich grocer John Sadler, containing Latin texted motets by Byrd, Tallis, etc.; as well as the only known manuscript copy of Purcell’s Sonata in G minor z780 (today known as the Armstrong-Finch manuscript, named after its two copyists). Willmott also owned autograph letters of Wagner, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Rossini.

Willmott, a member of the Folk Song Society and a capable musician, was an important customer of the London bookseller Bernard Quaritch. A large number of invoices to her from that firm show she often had a balance owing of several hundred pounds. An invoice dated ...


James B. Kopp

(b London, UK, July 17, 1946). Conservator of musical instruments and maker of brasses, based in Ottawa, Canada. After studying fine arts and English at the University of Toronto, he joined the Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, in 1975 as a conservator of furniture and wooden objects. He was trained in instrument conservation at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, and received a PhD from the Open University in 1999. He has undertaken wide-ranging projects in the conservation, display, and use of historical instruments in European and North American museums. He has received awards from the American Musical Instrument Society, the Galpin Society, and the Historic Brass Society for his numerous writings. He was named senior conservator at the Canadian Conservation Institute in 1991 and retired in 2007.

Barclay began in 1976 to make reproduction trumpets after models by Johann Carl Kodisch, Johann Leonhard Ehe (iii), and Hanns Hainlein. His book ...


Andrew Walkling

(fl 1673–?1710). English musician, bookseller, and music publisher. He was made free of the Stationers’ Company by patrimony from his father (also John Crouch) in February 1673, but took up as a musician, and is first seen among a group of 12 players who accompanied Charles II to Windsor and Newmarket in the summer and autumn of 1679. He was subsequently appointed to the King’s Music as a ‘sackbut’ player (from December 1679) and also as a violinist (July 1682, in the place of Thomas Greeting, who had died in the wreck of HMS Gloucester two months previously). Probably in 1683 he set up a music-shop (‘The Three Lutes’) in Princes Street, off Drury Lane, Westminster, where he sold a variety of engraved and typeset music books, most of them in conjunction with other London publishers. The majority of Crouch’s early publications were small-scale songbooks, but as time went on he moved into instrumental collections as well. Of the 13 works known to have been sold by him between ...