George Willig

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History

In 1794, George Willig (1764-1851) took over the Philadelphia-based (John Christopher) Moller & (Henri) Capron, which was founded in 1793 and was the first music publisher in America. Willig operated the firm until his death; it was taken over by Lee & Walker in 1856.

In 1822, Willig acquired the Baltimore publisher Thomas Carr, which his son (George Jr. [1794-1874, not 1879]) ran from 1829 until his death. It continued to operate under the same name after his death.

Imprints and Addresses

  • Philadelphia: George Willig - 171 Chestnut St.
  • Baltimore: George Willig Jr. - 197 Baltimore St. (in 1847 e.g.)
  • Baltimore: George Willig & Co. (after about 1870 or so.)

Plate Numbers

(Note: Only George Willig Jr. appeared to put plate numbers on its scores.)

George Willig (Philadelphia)

Composer Work Year
Meineke New Instruction for the Piano Forte 1840
Blessner Danse cosaque 1841
Bishop I'm Saddest When I Sing 1842
Blessner L'Invitation a la chasse 1842
Blessner Marche funebre 1842
Blessner Le Prince de Joinville 1842
Blessner Daguerre 1843
Grobe Salut a Baltimore, Op.48 1846

George Willig Jr. (Baltimore)

Plate Composer Work Year
1871 Müller Baltimore Museum 1844
1936 Rohbock Charleston Waltz 1845
1983 Rohbock Adelia Gallop 1846
2067 Grobe The Battle of Buena Vista, Op.101 1847
2182/2183 Herz The Flower of America (arr for piano 4 hands) 1849
2269 Grobe Betty Polka, with variations, Op.147 1850
2365 Hewitt Union Quick Step 1851
2598-7 Grobe Stars of Hope, Op.508 1855
3167 Courlander The Knabe Polka 1871?
3173 Müller Excelsior Polka, Op.169 1871
3452 Scheidler La bella polketta 1875
3478 Scheidler Feuille d'album 1876
3571 Gumbert 4 Duets, Op.45 (No.1) 1877
3579 Schulz Andante 1877
3694 Maylath Innocence 1879
3856 Rosenberg Sadie Moore, Op.5 1881
3923 Sullivan The Pirates of Penzance (overture arr. for piano 4 hands) 1881
4141 Lenschow Creator Alme Siderum 1885

Sources Consulted

  • 1. Philadelphia Music Publishers: George Willig (1764-1851)
Penn Special Collections, accessed 12 August 2011.

Authority control

  • VIAF (Willig, George, 1764?-1851)
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