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date: 28 March 2020

Snodham, Thomaslocked

  • Miriam Miller
  • , revised by Jeremy L. Smith

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(d 1624). English music printer. He was orphaned at an early age; his aunt Lucretia and her husband, printer Thomas East, adopted him and made him an apprentice. He inherited East’s business some time between 1608 and 1611. Two of his early imprints read ‘Printed by Tho. Easte, alias Snodham’, which has given rise to the conjecture that either East or Snodham changed his name, but the adoption details in East’s will refute this. Snodham seems to have inherited East’s position as the leading London music printer. He later formed a partnership with Matthew Lownes and John Browne, which lasted until his death, and printed many musical works in conjunction with them. Most of his music output is entirely original: although he acquired the copyrights of two other printers he rarely reprinted any of their works. Two exceptions were Snodham’s editions of Thomas Morley’s Madrigals to Foure Voices...

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