Bradbury, William B.

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William Batchelder Bradbury, composer, organist, pianist, conductor, and teacher; born Oct. 6, 1816, York, Me., died Jan. 7, 1868, Montclair, N.J.

From the description of William B. Bradbury collection, 1846-1928 (bulk 1847-1862). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71054496

Musician, composer, and piano manufacturer.

From the description of Licenses of William B. Bradbury, 1863. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451200

Biographical Sketch

  • 1816 October 6: Born William Batchelder Bradbury in York, Maine
  • 1830: Family moves to Boston Bradbury studies with Sumner Hill Attends Lowell Mason's Boston Academy of Music Sings in Mason's Boudoin Street Church Choir
  • 1830s: Works as an organist and teacher
  • 1840: Becomes music director of the First Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1840s: Introduces the teaching of singing into New York City public schools
  • 1841: Becomes music director of Baptist Tabernacle of New York; begins to teach children's singing in a similar style to that of Mason's school in Boston The Young Choir (compiled with Thomas Hastings) is published
  • 1847 - 49 : Studies piano, singing, harmony, and composition in Europe
  • 1849: Returns to United States; continues to teach, compose, and compile collections of hymns
  • 1854: Forms Bradbury Piano Company with his brother, Edward G.Bradbury, and Light and Newton, the German piano manufacturers
  • 1858: Music collection, The Jubilee, is published, selling over 200,000 copies
  • 1861: Music collection, The Golden Chain, is published, selling 2,000,000 copies
  • 1867: Music collection, Fresh Laurels, is published, selling 1,200,000 copies
  • 1868 Jan. 7: Dies in Montclair, New Jersey

From the guide to the William B. Bradbury Collection, 1846-1928, (bulk 1847-1862), (Music Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Autograph File, G, 1641-1991. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Bradbury, William B. (William Batchelder), 1816-1868. Licenses of William B. Bradbury, 1863. Library of Congress
referencedIn Browning, Robert, 1812-1889. Autograph letter signed : Paris, to [Edward] Chapman, 1856 Apr. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lindemann, Jens. Jens Lindemann, trumpet ; Allison Gagnon, piano [sound recording] University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
creatorOf Root, George F. (George Frederick), 1820-1895. Daniel [collection] : or, The captivity and restoration : a sacred cantata in three parts / words selected and prepared by C.M. Cady ; assisted by Miss F.J. Crosby ; music composed by George F. Root and William B. Bradbury. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Haverlin, Carl, 1899-1985,. Sheet music - American composers, 1790-1940. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf William B. Bradbury Collection, 1846-1928, (bulk 1847-1862) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Bradbury, William B. (William Batchelder), 1816-1868. [Bradbury album]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Hodges Family Collection, circa 1790-circa 1909 Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Bradbury, William B. (William Batchelder), 1816-1868. The solid rock / [music by] William B. Bradbury ; arranged by James Paul Kennedy. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Smith, Douglas, 1939-. Savior, like a shepherd lead us / William Bradbury ; arranged by Douglas Smith. SBTS Library, James P. Boyce Centennial Library
creatorOf Bradbury, William B. (William Batchelder), 1816-1868. William B. Bradbury collection, 1846-1928 (bulk 1847-1862). Library of Congress
referencedIn Edison Sheet Music Collection, 1830-1958, (bulk 1890-1940) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Bradbury, William B. (William Batchelder), 1816-1868. Jesus loves me / tune by William B. Bradbury ; arranged by James Paul Kennedy [for organ]. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
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Direct Relationships
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associatedWith Abt, Franz, 1819-1885 person
associatedWith Anson D. F. Randolph and Company corporateBody
associatedWith Bigelow & Main corporateBody
associatedWith Biglow and Main corporateBody
associatedWith Biglow & Main corporateBody
associatedWith Breitkopf corporateBody
associatedWith Browning, Robert, 1812-1889. person
associatedWith C. H. Holt corporateBody
associatedWith C. M. Tremaine corporateBody
associatedWith Damrosch, Walter, 1862-1950 person
associatedWith Dyer, S. O. person
associatedWith Firth, Pond, & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Gade, Niels W. (Niels Wilhelm), 1817-1890 person
associatedWith George P. Reed & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith G. P. Newell person
associatedWith Haverlin, Carl, 1899-1985, person
associatedWith Hodges family family
associatedWith Joachim, Joseph, 1831-1907 person
associatedWith Kennedy, James Paul. person
associatedWith Lind, Jenny, 1820-1887 person
associatedWith Lortzing, Albert, 1801-1851 person
associatedWith Mason Brothers corporateBody
associatedWith Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847 person
associatedWith Meyerbeer, Giacomo, 1791-1864 person
associatedWith Moscheles, Ignaz, 1794-1870 person
associatedWith Motz, Edward. person
associatedWith Mozart, W. A. person
associatedWith Newman and Ivison corporateBody
associatedWith Newman & Ivison corporateBody
associatedWith Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941 person
associatedWith Root, George F. (George Frederick), 1820-1895. person
associatedWith Schlesinger corporateBody
associatedWith Schubert, Franz person
associatedWith Schumann, Clara, 1819-1896 person
associatedWith Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856 person
associatedWith Smith, Douglas, 1939- person
associatedWith s.n. corporateBody
associatedWith Spohr, Louis, 1784-1859 person
associatedWith Thomas A. Edison, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 person
associatedWith Wyman and Newell corporateBody
associatedWith Wyman, B. person
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Musical sketches
Organ music, Arranged
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts)--Vocal scores with piano
Piano manufacturers


Birth 1816-10-06

Death 1868-01-07





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SNAC ID: 316622