William Billings and the Colonial Music "Patent"

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

Date

1973

GUSN

GUSN-169827

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Description

William Billings, considered by some to be the most gifted composer of his day, was plagued by one problem that vexed him throughout his early career. Billings sought but failed to obtain from the state protection by the state prohibiting anyone else from profiting from his music. This is the story of his pioneering efforts in the field of music copyright.

Details

Additional Identification Number

Article ID 208

Collection Code

SC001

Collection Name

Old-Time New England

Reference Code

SC001.1973.063.232.002

Abstract

William Billings, considered by some to be the most gifted composer of his day, was plagued by one problem that vexed him throughout his early career. Billings sought but failed to obtain from the state protection by the state prohibiting anyone else from profiting from his music. This is the story of his pioneering efforts in the field of music copyright.

Date Notes

Volume 63, Number 232 (Spring, 1973)

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Record Details

Originator

David P. McKay (Author)

Publications Referencing This Collection

(1973). Old Time New England. Boston, Mass.: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.

Description Level

Item

Place of Publication

Boston, Mass.

Publisher

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Publisher Series

Old Time New England