The Boston Music Company was founded in 1885 by Gustave Schirmer, Jr. (Feb. 18, 1864-July 15, 1907) who was the younger of the two sons of Gustav Schirmer (Sept. 19, 1829-Aug. 5, 1893) founder of the music publishing firm G. Schirmer. The company soon gained prominence as the prinicpal publisher of the works of Ethelbert Nevin.
Before his father's death Gustave became a partner in his father's firm with his brother Rudolph Edward Schirmer (July 22, 1859-Aug. 19, 1919) while retaining independent ownership of his Boston company. In 1891, his cousin Ernest Charles Schirmer (March 15, 1865-Feb. 15, 1958) became business manager of the Boston Music Company. He was admitted to partnership in the firm in 1902 and withdrew from it in 1917.
Sometime after Gustave's sudden death from appendicitis in 1907 the firm was operated by Winfred Rogers but eventually control of the firm passed back into the Schirmer family when Gustave Schirmer III acquired ownership of the company and ran the firm until his death in May, 1965 at the age of 74. Some time after his death ownership of the company passed to the Hammerstein Music & Theater Company, Inc.
In 1997 the company added a music lesson center to its Boston facility in order to offer private music lessons.
The last identified music publication of the company was Lois Rehder Holmes' The Abandoned Lighthouse published in 2001 and imprinted with the plate number B.M.Co. 14344.
In August, 2003 the Boston Music Company shut down and directed potential sheet music customers to the firm Boston Scores.
Some early publications also carry a copyright notice for "G. Schirmer, Jr." or "G. Schirmer, Boston."
Located at 26-28 West Street from ca.1886 to at least 1925. Located at 215 Stuart Street in the period 2001-2003.
Boston Music Company plate numbers were issued in a fairly regular chronological fashion. Plate numbers are in the format of B.M.C. ## or B.M.Co. #####.
|2||Whiting||3 Compositions for Piano, Op.5 (No.2)||1886|
|137-40||Nevin||4 Piano Compositions, Op.7||1890|
|180||Nevin||Une vieille chanson||1891|
|195||Nevin||5 Songs, Op.12 (No.1)||1891|
|782||Nevin||The Rosary (edition for soprano or tenor)||1900|
|807||Nevin||The Rosary (edition for mezzo-soprano or baritone)||1900|
|852||Whelpley||The Nightingale Has a Lyre of Gold (version in E major)||1903|
|854||Converse||Festival of Pan, Op.9||1904|
|955||Franck||Mass, Op.12 (arr. mixed chorus and piano by Karl Edwards)||1904|
|1213||Converse||Night and Day, Op.11||1906|
|1406||Nevin||The Rosary (arr. violin and piano, Strube) Date is © of song not arr.(?)||1900|
|1779-80||Nevin||5 Songs, Op.5 (No.4 arr. violin and piano by James William Slatter)||1908|
|2521||Rebikov||Suite de ballet, Op.14 (No.8)||1910|
|2559||Herbert||Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op.3 (Serenade arr. for flute and piano)||1911|
|2603||Debussy||Voici que le printemps||1911|
|2704||Strube||Gethsemane (vocal score)||1912|
|2728||Nevin|| 5 Songs, Op.5 (No.3 for low voice)
* originally published elsewhere in 1889
|2729||Cui||Les trois oiseaux (edition for high voice)||1911|
|2794||Arensky||The Flower Garden, Op.69 (in English translation)||1912|
|3060||Sjögren||Erotikon, Op.10 (No.5)||1912|
|3082||Palmgren||Finnish Rhythms, Op.31||1912|
|3088-93||Palmgren||6 Lyric Pieces, Op.28||1912|
|3116||Sinding||3 Stücke, Op.89 (No.2)||1912|
|3177||Foster||Old Folks at Home (arr. cello and piano by Gustav Strube)||1912|
|3420||Liszt||Consolations, S.172 (No.3 arr. organ by H.B. Gaul)||1913|
|3714||Schytte||Die Schule des modernen Klavierspiels, Op.174 (Book A, Part 1)||1913|
|3762r||Fauré||Élégie, Op.24 (arr. cello and piano by Alwin Schroeder)||1914|
|3777||Mussorgsky||Une larme (arr. cello and piano by Alwin Schroeder)||1914|
|4371-78||Ornstein||Pygmy Suite, S070||1914|
|4509||Cilèa||Scherzino for Piano||1915|
|4518||Cilèa||Romanza for Piano||1915|
|4590||Saint-Saëns||Havanaise, Op.83 (arr. violin and piano)||1916|
|4613||Paine||Domine salvum fac Praesidem nostrum, Op.8||1915|
|4870||Albéniz||Danzas Españolas, Op.37 (No.2)||1916|
|5093||Cui||Kaleidoscope, Op.50 (No.5)||1916|
|5197||Schytte||25 Etudes modernes, faciles et progressives, Op.68||1916|
|5475||Cui||6 Romances, Op.10 (No.3 in English translation)||1917|
|6006||Yost||Farfalla in B major, for Violin and Piano||1919|
|6032||Gilbert||3 American Dances (Arr. for Piano 4 hands)||1919|
|6105c||Bull||The Herdgirl's Sunday (arr. organ by Claude E. Saunier)||1919|
|6113c||De Koven||Wedding March, Op.405 (arr. organ)||1918|
|6396||Stoessel||Violin Sonata in G major (score and part)||1921|
|6494||Barnes||School of Organ Playing, Op.31||1921|
|14344||Holmes, Lois Rehder||The Abandoned Lighthouse||2001|