Joseph Williams

Typical decorative cover (1900)
Typical plain cover with Berners Edition (1900)
Rowley cover 1956



Joseph Williams of London was active from 1840 until 1960. It started publishing rather slowly, but then became very busy from the 1850s.

Composers in the catalog included:
1850s Balfe, Wallace
1870s John Liptrott Hatton
1890s A Mackenzie
1900s Florian Pascal (pseud. of Joseph (Bernard) Williams (1847-1923)), Edward Elgar, W.H. Squire, Hurlstone, York Bowen, Matthay, Earnshaw (cello)
1920s-30s Cowen, Adam Carse, Dunhill, J.B McEwen, J.H.Brown
1940s Gordon Jacob (1895–1984, almost his entire output), Alan Bush
1960s A. Cruft, A Richardson.

The Berners Edition imprint was used from 1890 to 1930. Incidentally Berners Street in London has always been associated with music publishing, and is the current home of Music Sales Ltd, owners of Novello and other well-known imprints. In 1960 the firm was bought by Augener, which in turn was absorbed by Galliard, then Stainer & Bell in 1972.


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  • Joseph Williams


32, Great Portland St, London W1

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