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Frances Barulich

revised by Leah Barnstetter

Firm of music publishers and dealers in musical instruments. It was founded in New York in 1941 by Harold Newman, then president of the American Recorder Society. The firm’s first publication was Gail Kubik’s Suite for Three Recorders, and Newman used his own and Kubik’s forenames to form that of the company. Hargail specialized in recorder music, and though its early output was for the adult amateur, much of its later music was intended for schools; it also published music for Orff instruments and contemporary American music. In addition to its publishing activities, the firm dealt in recorders (it manufactured the plastic Harvard model) and sold guitar kits. Newman remained president of Hargail until his death in 1989. In 1991 CPP/Belwin acquired the catalog of Hargail Music Press. CPP/Belwin itself became a subsidiary of Warner/Chappell in 1994; the company’s publications have been distributed by Alfred Music Publishing.

K. Wollitz: “An Interview with Harold Newman, Music Publisher,” ...

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John T. Shepard

revised by Anita Sullivan

An international nonprofit organization of piano tuners and technicians that monitors and maintains standards in the craft, in the absence of government licensing. Formed in 1958 by the merger of the National Association of Piano Tuners (founded 1908) and the American Society of Piano Technicians (founded 1940), the PTG is organized into regions throughout the United States and worldwide, offering to its members opportunities for accreditation, continuing education and professional development. Members may progress through an apprentice-like program of classes and examinations to improve their skills to the level of Registered Piano Technician (RPT). Additionally, the Guild serves as a public resource for piano technology and actively supports music education. In 2010, the Guild was headquartered in Kansas City and had over 4000 members worldwide. The organization publishes the monthly Piano Technicians Journal and a wide variety of technical manuals and bulletins, and offers a technician referral service on its website (...