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History

John Church Jr. founded his firm of music publishers on April 21, 1859, when Ditson bought out Baldwin and Truax in Cincinatti. In 1869, John Church, purchased the half-interest of Ditson, and established John Church Co. He then bought out George Root and Sons (1873). James R. Murray became director of publications in 1881, editing the Periodical Music Visitor. Church published a large quantity of Sousa's music, in addition to other American music. Theodore Presser Co. acquired the firm in 1930.

Their final Cincinnati location as of 1885, the year in which his company was also incorporated under law (it was established in 1859 but only formally incorporated in 1885), was at the John Church Company Building, now listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places.

Editions

Imprints, Agencies, Addresses

Addresses

(Partial and Approximate List- there may be more addresses between 1859 and 1885 in Cincinnati, for example, though their address there, at least, was settled afterwards until 1930. Main branch was in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, though a branch formed by 1883, J. Church, in New York City. Address often not on score covers.

Cincinnati

  • 1874:66 West 4th Street
  • by 1885:77 West 4th Street, then 14-16 East 4th Street

Plate Numbers

Format: ##### - ## with the numbers after the hyphen being the number of music plates for the particular work.

Plate Composer Work Year
1784-5 Abt 3 Lieder, Op.436 (No.3 trans. Addison) 1872
1813-4 Abt 3 Lieder, Op.428 (No.1 trans. Addison) 1872
2170-4 Wittich After Midnight 1874
2268-4 Bliss Sr. Simple Sandie's Sang and Story 1875
2353-3 Butterfield Regret 1878
2441-3 Tucker Adah Moline 1881
2490-4 Pratt Court Minuet in E-flat major 1882
2520-3 Stenglin Une fleur simple, Op.59 1877
2577-3 Döme Persian Schah 1883
2733-5 Whiting Processional Prelude for a Solemn Mass 1878
2815–2834 Danks Zanie (vocal score, var. numbers) 1887
3145-5 Whiting Sancta Maria 1878
3146-3 Whiting Processional Prelude 1878
3197-25 Hiller Ostermorgen, Op.134 (English/German vocal score) 1878
3857-4 Danks Blessed are the Heirs of Heaven 1882
3899-7 Morey Alpha Grand March, Op.18 1883
4112-6 Faust Dein gedenk'ich, Op.352 (pf.arr. by Ahrem) 1884
4200-5 Danks The Maid of Glendare 1885
4590-2 Bohm Blüthenregen (Murray ed. of no.6) 1885
4630-4 Scharwenka Festklänge für die Jugend, Op.45 (No.3) 1885
4631-2 Scharwenka Festklänge für die Jugend, Op.45 (No.6) 1885
5130-9 Root 2 Songs, Op.12 (no.2) 1884
5898 Paine Song of Promise, Op.43 1888
6003-8 Root 2 Songs, Op.12 (no.1) 1884
11721-15 Zitterbart Jr. Kathleen Mavourneen for Violin and Piano 1896
11723-7 Zitterbart Jr. 3 Pieces for Viola and Piano 1896
12858-5 Nevin A Day in Venice, Op.25 (No.2) 1898
12868-3 Nevin A Day in Venice, Op.25 (No.1) 1898
12869-3 Nevin A Day in Venice, Op.25 (No.3) 1898
12887-4 Nevin A Day in Venice, Op.25 (No.4) 1898
12915-3 Nevin Songs from Vineacre, Op.28 (No.1) 1899
12917-5 Nevin Songs from Vineacre, Op.28 (No.5) 1899
13008-5 Nevin Songs from Vineacre, Op.28 (No.3) 1899
13279 Chadwick Faith, F.214 1899
13347-6 Nevin Songs from Vineacre, Op.28 (No.7) 1900
13348-2 Nevin Songs from Vineacre, Op.28 (No.8) 1900
13728-7 Nevin Songs from Vineacre, Op.28 (No.4) 1899
13792-5 Scott The Secret (1900)
13977-4 Nevin An African Love Song 1901
14030-2 Nevin To Anne 1901
14031-2 Nevin At Rest 1901
14032-2 Nevin Mighty lak’ a Rose 1901
14098-5 Speaks April Rain 1902
14118-57 Parker A Star Song, Op.54 (vocal score) 1902
n.plate Parker A Star Song, Op.54 (full score) 1902
14122-4 Nevin The Woodpecker (for low voice in G major) 1902
15022-3 Fielitz L'Écho 1905
15027-4 Fielitz Nachtgebet 1905
15074-4 Hammond Love's Springtide 1905
15063-5,15155-5 Hammond Shadows of the Evening Hour 1906
15138-3 Nevin Songs from Vineacre, Op.28 (No.6) 1906
15194-4 Strickland Oh, There's a Heart for Every One (low v.) 1906
15392-4 Hawley I Know Not Why 1907
15732-9 Speaks On the Road to Mandalay 1907
15860-3 Eisler 2 Songs (1.Das trübe Auge) 1908
15915-5 Hawley Life and Light 1908
15930-4 Hawley Dreams of the Summer Night 1908
15941-4 Hammond Song of the Fountain 1908
15978-4 Parker Wandering Knight's Song 1908
16017-2 Bliss Hi li'l Feller 1909
16137-3 Speaks The Hills of Kerry 1909
16160-6 Hawley Redeeming Love 1909
16201 Worden Longing 1909
16277-4 Hawley I Long For You 1910
16372-2 MacFadyen Why I love you 1910
16376-6 Hawley I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say 1910
16401-4 Speaks Greeting 1910
J. C. 328 Sousa The Federal March (piano solo arr.) 1911
16947-5 MacFadyen Cradle Song 1913
17064-5 Hawley Dreaming 1913
17134-5 Wells The Owl 1913
17166-3 Wells Why? (high v.) 1914
17318-5 Hawley If You Have a Sweetheart 1914
17680-10 Grieg Scenes of Country Life, Op.19 (2p arr. by Kronke) 1916
17880-4 Cadman 3 Moods, Op.47 (No.2 arr. for string quintet) 1917
17923-13 Grieg Lyric Pieces, Op.54 (2p arr. by Saar) 1918
18170 Poldini 2 Lyric Waltzes for Piano, Op.79 1919
18173-2 Wells Deep in the Heart of Me 1919
18223-4 Neidlinger Psalm XCI (low voice) 1919

Sources Consulted

  • 1. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie.
New York and London: Macmillan Publications, 1980.

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