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date: 02 April 2020

Williams, Josephlocked

  • Peter Ward Jones


English music printers and publishers . The firm was established in London in 1808 by Lucy Williams, a music and copperplate printer who printed some works for Clementi & Co. She was presumably a relative of John Williams, a music printer active in the 1780s at Fountain Court, Cheapside, since this was also her first address. In 1843 she took her son Joseph William Williams (1819–83) into the firm, which was known as Lucy Williams & Son until the following year, after which Joseph continued in his own name. He was succeeded in 1883 by his son, Joseph Benjamin Williams (1847–1923), who, under the pseudonym of Florian Pascal, also composed some 200 songs, piano pieces, cantatas, comic operas and operettas. He in turn was succeeded by his eldest son, Florian Williams (1879–1973), for some time helped by his brother Ralph Williams (1881–1948). A family company, Joseph Williams Ltd, was formed in ...

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