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date: 28 February 2020


  • Ernst C. Krohn


American firm of music publishers. On 21 April 1859 Oliver Ditson of Boston bought the catalogue of Baldwin & Truax (established in 1851 by David Truax in Cincinnati, named Curtis & Truax in 1855 and Baldwin & Truax in 1857), and in association with John Church jr (d Boston, 19 April 1890) founded the firm of John Church, Jr. On 1 March 1869 Church bought the half-interest of Ditson and, in partnership with his bookkeeper John B. Trevor, established the firm of John Church & Co., which became incorporated in 1885 as John Church Co. Church bought the catalogue of George Root & Sons of Chicago in 1872, and at about this time William Sherwin joined the firm. In 1881 James R. Murray became chief director of publications and editor of the firm’s periodical, Music Visitor (1871–97).

Church became notable for publishing the operas and, particularly, the celebrated marches of John Philip Sousa (...

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