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date: 31 May 2020

Boston Music Companylocked

  • Geraldine Ostrove


Firm of music publishers. It was founded in 1885 by Gustave Schirmer Jr. (b New York, NY, 18 Feb 1864; d Boston, MA, 15 July 1907) and operated from premises at 2 Beacon Street, Boston; its first publication, Arthur Whiting’s Concert Etude for piano, was issued the following year. The firm’s large catalog, which includes many works by Ethelbert Nevin and Carrie Jacobs-Bond, is predominantly educational. Among its popular instructional series are the piano methods by John M. Williams (the “Blue Books”), C. Paul Herfurth’s series A Tune a Day (for various instruments), and Junior Hymnbooks for piano by Rachael Beatty Kahl. Connections with the Schirmer family and firm remained close. Ernest Charles Schirmer, cousin of Gustave and founder of the E.C. Schirmer Music Company of Boston in 1921, was business manager and then partner, but left in 1917. On Gustave’s death ownership passed to his son, also named Gustave (...

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