Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888

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British musical antiquary.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Strafford Lodge [Weybridge], to Joseph Crawhall, 1878 Nov. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 460124713

Chappell was an English writer on music, an owner of the London musical firm of Chappell & Co., an antiquary, and ballad scholar.

From the description of W. (William) Chappell English ballad index collection, 18--. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612844830

William Chappell (1809-1888) was the eldest son of Samuel Chappell, one of the founders (1810) of the London firm of music publishers, concert agents, and piano manufacturers known as Chappell & Co. After Samuel Chappell's death in 1834, William continued running the business with his mother and brothers. William was noted for his interest in early music and in 1840 he founded (with Rimbault, Macfarren, and others) the Musical Antiquarian Society. He left the family firm in 1843 and went into partnership with Cramer and Beale, as Cramer, Beale & Chappell where he remained until his retirement in 1861. He took principal part in the founding of the Percy Society, the Ballad Society, and in 1874 he assisted in founding the Musical Association. He is especially know for his publication of A collection of national English airs (1838-1839), and Popular music of the olden time (1855-1859). It has been said that the modern revival of interest in English folk-songs owes much to the work of William Chappell.

From the guide to the W. (William) Chappell English ballad index collection, ca. 1800-1899., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

William Chappell was an English publisher, author, and musicologist. He joined the firm founded by his father, Chappell's, a publishing house and concert agency, that also sold pianos. William's interest was in music history, and he wrote several works on the topic, as well as founding the Musical Antiquarian Society. He left the family firm in 1843 to form Cramer, Beale & Chappell; during this time, he wrote a general history of music, and helped found the Musical Association. He is remembered as a key figure in awakening public interest in English folk music.

From the description of Wm. Chappell letter to My dear sir, 1860 July 7. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 66267269

English music publisher and antiquary.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3) : Oatlands Park, 20 January 1875, 22 May 1876, and [n.d.], to Joseph Bennett, 1875 Jan. 20, 1876 May 22, and n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270564293

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : London, 16 February 1844, to an unidentified recipient, 1844 Feb. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873239

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creatorOf W. (William) Chappell English ballad index collection, ca. 1800-1899. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hawes, W. H. (William Henry), 1785-1846. Autograph letter signed, dated : [London] Jan. 5 1844, to William Chappel[l], 1844 Jan. 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: [1838?], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1858 Dec. 28, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1839 Sept. 25, 50 New Bond St [London], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910. Letter: 1869 Nov. 15, 3 St. George's Sq., Primrose Hill, London, N.W., to David Laing / F.J. Furnival. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Letters received and other papers chiefly regarding Purcell, 1881-1902 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1857 May 12, Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 201 Regent St, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 Mar. 31, 3 Harley Place or 201 Regent St, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1839 Nov. 18, 50 New Bond St [London], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 May 19, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, William, 1809-1888. Autograph letter signed, dated : London, 16 February 1844, to an unidentified recipient, 1844 Feb. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Chappell, William, 1809-1888. Autograph letters signed (3) : Oatlands Park, 20 January 1875, 22 May 1876, and [n.d.], to Joseph Bennett, 1875 Jan. 20, 1876 May 22, and n.d. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1858 Dec. 28, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1841 Feb. 8, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Letter, 1844 Dec. 26, Frankfurt [Germany] to Wm. Chappell, London. University of Michigan
creatorOf Halliwell-Phillipps, J. O. (James Orchard), 1820-1889,. Autograph letter signed from J.O. Halliwell-Phillipps, Brighton, to William Chappell [manuscript], 1876 September 16. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: [1858?], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1877 Dec. 26, Strafford Lodge, Oatlands Park, Weybridge Station, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Stanley, Albert A. (Albert Augustus), 1851-1932. Papers, 1876-1928. University of Michigan
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1841 Sept. 18, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1858 Nov. 5, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 Mar. 31, 3 Harley Place or 201 Regent St, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Wm. Chappell letter to My dear sir, 1860 July 7. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1869 Nov. 18, Heather Down, Ascot, Berks, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 May 16, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1858 Apr. 17, Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 201 Regent Street, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Autograph letter signed, dated : Leipzig, 21 July 1840, to Wm. Chappell in London, 1840 July 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 May 8, 201 Regent St, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 Jan. 30, 201 Regent St [London], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Cummings, William Hayman, 1831-1915. Letters received and other papers chiefly regarding Purcell, 1881-1902. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910. Letter: 1869 Nov. 4, 3 St. George's Sq., Primrose Hill, London, N.W., to David Laing / F.J. Furnival. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1871 Apr. 10, Heather Down, Ascot, Berks, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1857 Dec. 14, Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 201 Regent Street, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1841 Oct. 12, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1857 May 18, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1859 Jan. 4, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1857 Aug. 8, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1859 Jan. 4, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1855 Nov. 23, 201 Regent St [London], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1841 Oct. 5, 14 George St, Hanover Square, [London], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Stanley, Albert A. (Albert Augustus), 1851-1932. Albert Stanley papers, 1876-1928. University of Michigan
creatorOf Wesley, Samuel Sebastian, 1810-1876. Autograph letter signed : [n.p., n.d.], to Mr. [William?] Chappell, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 Apr. 18, 201 Regent St [London], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1857 Dec. 11, Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 201 Regent Street, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1844 Dec. 23, 201 Regent St, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 May 16, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1868 Aug. 22, Heather Down, Ascot, Bracknell, to F.J. Furnivall / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888,. W. (William) Chappell English ballad index collection, 18--. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1871 May 3, Heather Down, Ascot, Berks, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 Jan. 30, 201 Regent St [London], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1863 July 29, 30 Upper Harley Street, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1842 Aug. 17, 50 New Bond St, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Collier, John Payne, 1789-1883,. Autograph letters signed and initialled from John Payne Collier to various people [manuscript], 1818-1882. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1859 Nov. 9, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1858 Nov. 5, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1844 Apr. 1, 50 New Bond St, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1857 July 15, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 Apr. 18, 201 Regent St [London], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1840 Dec. 5, 50 New Bond St [London], to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1858 Oct. 26, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1843 May 12, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Benedict, Julius, 1804-1885. Autograph letters signed (30), dated : [London], to Joseph Bennett, 1869-1883. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1856 June 16, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1845 Jan. 7, 201 Regent St, London, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Chambers, Robert, 1802-1871. Letter: 1857 Apr. 10, 339 High Street, Edinburgh, to David Laing / R. Chambers. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Neaves, Lord, 1800-1876. Letter: 1869 Jan. 19, Parliament House [Edinburgh], to David Laing / Charles Neaves. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Collier, John Payne, 1789-1883. Papers and correspondence to Horace Howard Furness, Fanny Kemble and C. Mansfield Ingleby, and from John Bruce, W. Chappell, et al., 1831-1883. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Autograph letter signed : Strafford Lodge [Weybridge], to Joseph Crawhall, 1878 Nov. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1868 June 2, Heather Down, Ascot, Berkshire, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1871 May 3, Heather Down, Ascot, Berks, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1869 Mar. 15, Heather Down, Bracknell, Berkshire, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Chappell, W. (William), 1809-1888. Letter: 1869 Oct. 18, Heather Down, Bracknell, Berkshire, to David Laing / Wm Chappell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
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associatedWith Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400. person
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associatedWith Douce, Francis, 1757-1834. person
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associatedWith Edinburgh University Library. corporateBody
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associatedWith Fry, Charles. person
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associatedWith Lohf, Kenneth A., person
associatedWith Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687. person
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associatedWith Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection (Pierpont Morgan Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Melville, David, fl. 1600-1612. person
associatedWith Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. person
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associatedWith Percy Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811. person
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Great Britain
Great Britain
Greece
Scotland
Scotland
Scotland
Scotland
Scotland
Scotland
England
England
Great Britain
Scotland
England
Scotland
England
England
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Music
Ballads, Scots
Music--16th century
Ballads, English
Poetry
ballads
Chimes
Madrigals, English
Songs, English
Musicologists--19th century--Correspondence
Sermons
Manuscripts--English
Songs
Oral tradition
Music--To 500--History and criticism
Songs, Scots
Ballads, English--History and criticism
Music--17th century
Ballads, English--Texts
Music--History and criticism
Folk songs, English
Psalmody
Dance music
Newhaven (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Auctions
Manuscripts
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Birth 1809-11-20

Death 1888-08-20

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