Goulding & Co.

Bochsa harp work 1820s
Bishop opera cover 1820s



The firm of Goulding & Co. of London was established by George Goulding probably before 1784. Goulding was a musical instrument maker, music seller and publisher. Some early publications bear plate numbers. He entered into a partnership in early 1798, when he established the firm Goulding, Phipps and D'Almaine. An Irish branch of the firm operated at Westmoreland Street, Dublin under the name Goulding, Knevett & Co. during 1803-1806. Knevett withdrew from the firm in 1806, after which Goulding, Phipps and D'Almaine took control.

Phipps withdrew from the business in 1810, at which time it became Goulding, D'Almaine, Potter & Co. It was also known as Goulding & Co., or occasionaly Goulding, D'Almaine, Potter and Wood. Potter left the firm around 1823, and it became Goulding and D'Almaine.

The firm was succeeded by D'Almaine & Co., around 1834. Thomas Mackinlay briefly joined the firm in the 1840s. D'Almaine was a prolific publisher of vocal and instrumental music, including piano music by Czerny, harp music by Bochsa, and operas by Auber.

After the death of D'Almaine (the last survivor of the partnership formed in 1799) in 1866 the firm's entire stock of music plates was sold at auction for ₤12,000 to Joseph Emery (May 1867).


Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • George Goulding (1787–1798)
  • Goulding, Phipps, D'Almaine (1798–1806)
  • Goulding, Phipps, D'Almaine & Co. or Goulding & Co. (1806–ca.1810)
  • Goulding, D'Almaine, Potter & Co. or Goulding, D'Almaine, Potter & Wood (ca.1810–1823)
  • Goulding & D'Almaine (1823–1834)
  • D'Almaine & Co. (1834–1866)
  • D'Almaine & Mackinlay (1840s)


  • 25 James Street, Covent Garden (ca.1786–1787)
  • The Haydn's Head, No.6, James Street, Covent Garden (ca.1787–1799)
  • 45, Pall Mall (1799–ca.1805)
  • 76, St. James Street (1800-1804)
  • 117, New Bond Street (1804–1808)
  • 124, New Bond Street (1808–1811)
  • 20, Soho Square (1811–1858)
  • 104, New Bond Street (1858–1866)
  • 7, Westmoreland Street (1810-1816)

Plate Numbers

Plate #Full PlateComposerWorkIMSLP #Full YearYear

Authority Control

Sources Consulted

  • Frank Kidson, British Music Publishers, Printers and Engravers (1900)
  • Parkinson, John A. Victorian Music Publishers : An Annotated List. Warren, Mich.: Harmonie Park Press, 1990.
  • Humphries, Charles., and William C. Smith. Music Publishing in the British Isles from the Beginning until the Middle of the Nineteenth Century : A Dictionary of Engravers, Printers, Publishers and Music Sellers, with a Historical Introduction. Second Edition. Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1970.