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date: 25 September 2020

Schmidt, Arthur P(aul)locked

  • Wilma Reid Cipolla


(b Altona, Germany, April 1, 1846; d Boston, May 5, 1921). American music publisher. He emigrated to the USA in January 1866 and worked in Boston for the G.D. Russell & Co. publishing house until October 1876 when he established his own firm. In 1880 he issued, with Cranz of Hamburg, J.K. Paine’s Spring Symphony, and in 1888 published G.W. Chadwick’s Symphony no.2, op.21, the first orchestral score by an American composer to be issued by an American publisher. He brought out works by many New England composers including Amy Beach, Arthur Bird, Chadwick, Henry Hadley, Paine and Horatio Parker, as well as almost the entire body of compositions by Arthur Foote and Edward MacDowell.

In 1889 Schmidt engaged the Kistner firm as his Leipzig agent; this arrangement lasted until 1908, when he established his own branch in Leipzig. In 1910 B. Schott’s Söhne bought the European rights to the Schmidt catalogue; the firm’s Leipzig interests continued to be represented by an agent until ...

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