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date: 28 November 2020

Heptinstall, Johnlocked

  • Frank Kidson,
  • William C. Smith
  •  and D. Ross Harvey


(b ?London, c1657; d London, bur. Nov 18, 1732). English printer and manufacturer of printing ink. He set up as a Master about 1683, and was active until about 1715. With Thomas Moore and Francis Clark he printed Vinculum societatis (1687), the first musical work with the ‘new tied note’ (i.e. quavers and semiquavers united in groups). Before then, except in engraved music, such notes were printed separately because of the difficulty of connecting, in movable types, notes of different pitch. The ‘new tied note’ was improved (as the ‘new London character’) by William Pearson, who was in business from 1699 to 1735, and who was the best known of Heptinstall’s 12 apprentices. A feature of both new types was the printing of round-headed notes instead of the former lozenge shape (for illustration see Printing and publishing of music, fig.). He issued a number of works by Purcell, including ...

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D.W. Krummel: English Music Printing (London, 1975)