Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Anne Bland music publisher

For those interested in the dance music of the period of Jane Austen's life and novels Anne Bland is an important figure.
Anne Bland, who has no connection with the music publisher John Bland, began her music publishing business in London 1784. Anne Bland as "Music Seller, Oxford Street" is given in the Musical Directory for 1794. Anne Bland was established at 23, Oxford Street prior to 1790, and issued sheet music and yearly sets of dances.   Anne went into partnership with E. Weller in 1792 forming Bland and Weller. In addition to their publishing activities, which included a large number country-dance collections, many of which survive, and the first English edition of three Mozart piano sonatas (k280, 282, 283), they were also piano and wind instrument makers.


Early English piano-forte by Bland and Weller
23 Oxford Street

In 1805, the firm purchased from Dibdin the copyrights of 360 of his songs together with his musical stock, which they then reissued. Anne Bland retired in about 1818, and a sale of plates and copyrights took place though Weller carried on the business as Weller & Co. until 1820.

Typical surviving dance collections include:

24 Favorite country dances, hornpipes and reels with their proper figures for the German flute or violin as performed at court and all public assemblies 1807

24 Favourite Country Dances, Hornpipes and Reels with their proper figures for the German flute or violin. As performed at court and all public assemblies.A typical country dance tune and instruction book printed in London in 1803

Bland and Weller’s Annual Collection of Twenty-four Country Dances for the year 1797, with their proper Figures. For the Violin

Bland and Weller’s annual Collection of twenty-four Country Dances for the year 1798, with their proper figures, for the violin

Bland and Weller’s Annual Collection of twenty-four Country Dances for the Year 1799, with their proper Figures. For the violin and German flute, etc.


Bland and Weller
Clarinet



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