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Chappell, William (1808-1888), member of a London music publishing house, and author of a learned work upon ancient English music. In 1838 he began to publish a collection of National English Airs, and between 1855 and 1859 published Popular Music of the Olden Time, in 2 volumes, the first volume of which forms a complete volume of known English airs down to the time of Charles I., the second being a selection of the most important airs of later date. In 1874 he published the first volume of a History of Music. Mr. Chappell was an F.S.A., and had much to do with the foundation of the Musical Antiquarian Society and the Percy Society, for both of which he did work in editing and annotating.