Skip to main content

Galpin, Francis W(illiam)

Galpin, Francis W(illiam)

Galpin, Francis W(illiam), English writer on music; b. Dorchester, Dorset, Dec. 25, 1858; d. Richmond, Surrey, Dec. 30, 1945. He graduated with classical honors from Trinity Coll., Cambridge (B.A., 1882; M.A., 1885), and received his music education from Garrett and Sterndale Bennett. He held various posts as vicar and canon (1891–1921). He wrote many articles on early instruments for Music & Letters and Monthly Musical Record (1930–33). A Galpin Soc. was formed in London in 1946 with the object of bringing together all those interested in the history of European instruments and to commemorate the pioneer work of Galpin; it publishes the Galpin Society Journal (1948 et seq.). In addition to his numerous monographs, Galpin was the editor of the revised and augmented ed. of Stainer’s Music of the Bible (1913).


Descriptive Catalogue of the European Instruments in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. (1902); The Musical Instruments of the American Indians of the North West Coast (1903); Notes on the Roman Hydraulus (1904); The Evolution of the Sackbut (1907); Old English Instruments of Music (1910; 4th ed., rev., 1965, by T. Dart); A Textbook of European Musical Instruments (1937); The Music of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians (1937); The Music of Electricity (1938).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Galpin, Francis W(illiam)." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . 19 Apr. 2019 <>.

"Galpin, Francis W(illiam)." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . (April 19, 2019).

"Galpin, Francis W(illiam)." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved April 19, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.