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date: 23 October 2019

Carr familylocked

  • Stephen Siek
  •  and R. Allen Lott

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English family of publishers and musicians, active in the USA.

Stephen Siek

(b London, 1739; d Baltimore, Oct 20, 1819). Anglo-American music publisher. Descended from a long line of publisher-merchants, he was a highly skilled engraver who kept a shop in Holborn from about 1770 until his emigration to Baltimore in 1794, where he established a similar business. He formed a partnership with his son (2) Benjamin, who ran shops in both Philadelphia and New York, and they dominated the American music publishing industry until about 1800. The Carrs published European stage and instrumental works, but they also issued works by Alexander Reinagle, James Hewitt and other naturalized Americans. Much of their music was printed in serial format, such as the five-volume Musical Journal for the Piano Forte (1800–04), at the time the largest collection of secular music issued in America. On his death, Carr bequeathed the firm's holdings, which included over ...

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Dictionary of American Biography (New York, 1928-37, suppls., 1944-)
Musical Quarterly