Edwin Ashdown

Typical Ashdown &Parry cover (1860s)
Typical cover (1890s)
Typical cover (1917)
Typical Rowley cover (1930s)



This London company is a successor to Wessel & Co., founded in 1824. In 1860 Wessel retired and transferred his business to Edwin Ashdown and Henry John Parry, who had been his managers. Thus the Ashdown & Parry imprint was used. Then from 1889 Edwin Ashdown became the imprint. The firm bought Enoch in 1927. The imprint now belongs to the Music Sales group.

The catalog consisted mainly of piano music and some violin pieces, by B. Tours, Sydney Smith, J. Hoffmann and Fritz Kirchner. In the 20th century Alec Rowley (1892 — 1958) is prominent. Probably the best known composition in its catalog is the unison song Come To The Fair by Easthope Martin (words by Helen Taylor) published in 1917.

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Edwin Ashdown
Ashdown & Parry

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