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date: 04 April 2020

Biglow & Mainlocked

  • Caroline Richmond


Firm of music publishers. A partnership was formed in New York in 1867 between Lucius Horatio Biglow (1833–c1910) and Sylvester Main (1819–73) in order to continue the publishing activities of william Bradbury , who had become seriously ill during the previous year. Bradbury served the firm as music editor until his death in January 1868. Main had formerly been Bradbury’s assistant, but it was his son Hubert Platt Main (1839–1925) who was responsible for shaping the editorial policy of the company and who built it into one of the foremost 19th-century firms of gospel-song publishers. Among the composers whose works he issued were Philip P. Bliss, William H. Doane, William J. Kirkpatrick, Robert Lowry, McGranahan, G.F. Root, Sankey, Sherwin, Stebbins, Sweney, and Whittle. Lowry succeeded Bradbury as music editor in 1868, and a number of other composers also had editorial relationships with the firm. The poet ...

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