- William C. Smith
- , revised by Peter Ward Jones
English family of music publishers, music sellers and instrument dealers. The firm was established in London.
(b 1750; d Edinburgh, Aug 21, 1821). He founded a business in 1783 at his private house, and from there issued his first publications, including a number of operas such as Shield’s Rosina and The Flitch of Bacon. A music catalogue of 1785 announced that the copyrights and plates of these and other works had recently been purchased from William Napier; at about the same time he also purchased plates and copyrights from Charles Bennett, once the property of John Welcker. In January 1786 he moved to premises previously occupied by Samuel Babb, whose trade stock and large circulating music library Dale purchased. In 1805 he took his son William into partnership and the firm became known as Joseph Dale & Son (or Joseph & William Dale). The partnership was dissolved in ...