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.)
(Note: Only George Willig Jr. appeared to put plate numbers on its scores.)
George Willig (Philadelphia)
|Meineke||New Instruction for the Piano Forte||1840|
|Bishop||I'm Saddest When I Sing||1842|
|Blessner||L'Invitation a la chasse||1842|
|Blessner||Le Prince de Joinville||1842|
|Grobe||Salut a Baltimore, Op.48||1846|
George Willig Jr. (Baltimore)
|2067||Grobe||The Battle of Buena Vista, Op.101||1847|
|2182/2183||Herz||The Flower of America (arr for piano 4 hands)||1849|
|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|
|3571||Gumbert||4 Duets, Op.45 (No.1)||1877|
|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|
- 1. Philadelphia Music Publishers: George Willig (1764-1851)
- Penn Special Collections, accessed 12 August 2011.