J.L. Peters

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The founder of the firm, John L. Peters, was a music publisher and dealer in St. Louis and New York between 1851 and 1892, first with his father W.C. (William Cummings) Peters, then on his own. Peters published several compilations of piano works in subscription or periodical form, e.g. La Crême de la Crême (misspelling theirs), some of which have been scanned in the Library of Congress' American Memory Project. He also was active in publishing songs of the American poet and composer William Shakespeare Hays.

C.H. Ditson described itself on its covers as Successor to J.L. Peters in 1877, suggesting perhaps that Ditson bought out this firm and thereby obtained a New York branch? (Though J.L. Peters continued to be used as an imprint into the 1880s, perhaps by Ditson. Ditson may only have bought out - if they did at all - the New York branch, which would explain the continued appearance of Peters covers into the 1880s (if this couldn't be explained easily in other ways, as it probably can.) )

  • Note: Not the same as W.C. Peters of Pittsburgh, though this was probably(?) his father's company, W.C. (for William Cummings), with no relationship to C.F. Peters of Germany.


Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • St. Louis (address?)
  • New York: 599 Broadway (starting before 1872)
    • also 843 Broadway (starting before 1875)

Plate Numbers

New York

Plate Composer Work Year
7021 Bowman Sky Lark 1871
7122 Browne Forever Thine 1872
7355 Stewart A Summer's Night, Op.59 1873
7588 Stewart Hippodrome, Op.127 1874
9464 Danks Annie Dear 1876
9845 Wilson Evening Bells, Op.57 1874
9910 Wilson A Winter Night, Op.78 1876
10154 Donizetti L'elisir d'amore (Barcarole "Io son ricco e tu sei bella", arr. piano C. Kinkel) 1875
10282 Abt 4 Lieder, Op.124 (No.1 trans. by Barnett) 1873
10499 Maylath Always Ready 1875
10648 Wiegand Fusileers' March 1875
11246 Hatton Ripe Strawberries 1876

St. Louis

Plate Composer Work Year
120 Norvel Alpine Maidens (pf4h) 1883
153 Norvel Alpine Maidens (solo) 1883

Authority control

  • VIAF (Peters, J. L. (John L.))
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