William J. Cornish  (?-1950)
Last updated: 14.09.23
William J. Cornish was an American pianist, composer and publisher of popular music. The little that is known about him has been gleaned from sheet music covers and that is that he composed A Trip To Niagara, a march & two-step in 1904. It was published by his own "Cornish Publishing Co., 53 West 28th Street, New York" and was respectfully dedicated to Miss Harriet C. Bailey. In 1908, the copyright was transferred to the De Luxe Music Co. and published by "Will Wood 17 West 28th Street, New York".
Cornish is also known to have published Love's Old Sweet Song (1904) by J.L. Molloy/ G. Clifton Bingham and The Mocking Bird (1904) by Frank W. Meacham.
According to family sources provided by his grand-daughter, Irene Cornish Thompson, William J. Cornish married Frieda Beutner perhaps in 1906. Their daughter Ada was born in 1909. He died in New Jersey somewhere around 1950. The family story is that he worked in a piano store and gave piano lessons in New York City writing some music on the side.
  Title (Release Year) Instruments Performers
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Trip to Niagara (1904), A D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Trip to Niagara (1904), A Midi James Pitt-Payne
     Performer CD Title Supplier
Recorder Music CDs:
cd15.gif Midi Ragtime Recorder Ensemble Recorder Ragtime: Curiosities dbe15.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE943 A Trip to Niagara (1904) - March & Two-Step
D/A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
1-2 days
     Title Instruments Remarks
sm15.gif Trip to Niagara (1904), A D/A/T/T/B/GB(B) dbe15.gifwvicon.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Trip to Niagara (1904), A W.J. Cornish (music) Piano IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Trip to Niagara (1908), A W.J. Cornish (music) Piano Indiana Pub.
pdf15.gif Trip to Niagara (n.d.), A W.J. Cornish (music) Piano YorkSpace Pub.
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 1 work by William J. Cornish (?-1950). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Trip to Niagara, A 1904  wvicon.gif audiomidi15.gif