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date: 31 May 2020

Davidson, George Henrylocked

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


(b 1800–01; d London, July 4, 1875). English music printer and publisher in London. He is first known as a general printer from about 1833. He began to publish both literary and musical works about 1844 and in 1847–8 he issued the two volumes of Davidson’s Universal Melodist, a collection of popular and standard songs of the period. At the same time he republished a collection of Dibdin’s songs, edited by George Hogarth, which had originally been printed by a different George Davidson and issued by How & Parsons in 1842. From 1850 Davidson had an enormous trade in the issue of cheap editions of popular music. He published much sheet music in the Musical Treasury series, and from 1854 he issued Davidson’s Musical Opera Books, a series of librettos with music of the principal airs. From 1860 to 1881 the business continued as the Music Publishing Co., though major sales of copyrights, plates and stock took place in ...

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