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Boosey & Hawkes is a British music publisher that claims to be the largest specialist classical music publisher in the world. Until 2003, it was also a major manufacturer of brass, string and wind musical instruments.

Formed in 1930 through the merger of two well-established British music publishers, Hawkes & Son, Ltd. and Boosey & Co, Ltd., the company owns the copyrights or agencies to much major 20th century music, including works by Bartók, Bernstein, Britten, Copland, Kodály, Mahler, and Richard Strauss. The acquisition of Serge Koussevitzky's Edition Russe de Musique in 1947 represented a major turning point in the building of its 20th century music catalogue, and marked the addition of numerous works of composers like Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. Boosey and Hawkes, with headquarters in London, also publishes many prominent contemporary composers, such as Louis Andriessen, Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Henryk Górecki, Heinz Karl Gruber, Robin Holloway, Magnus Lindberg, James MacMillan, Olga Neuwirth, Michael Nyman, Kurt Schwertsik and Mark-Anthony Turnage. The company's New York branch has developed its own catalogue emphasizing the works of American composers, including John Adams, Elliott Carter, David Del Tredici, Walter Piston, Ned Rorem and Steve Reich.

Boosey & Hawkes Music Shop had a shop at 295 Regent Street in London from the 1930s until 2005, but now sells only online. Its offices relocated to the Aldwich, London in 2005. It still has the UK's largest selection of printed music from all publishers, and operates a worldwide mail order service.

Important Acquisitions

Editions

Imprints, Agencies, Addresses

Boosey, prior to merger

  • Thomas Boosey, 4 Old Broad Street (ca. 1792-1819)
  • Thomas Boosey, 28 Holles Street, Oxford Street (ca. 1816-1854)
  • Boosey and Sons, 28 Holles Street (ca. 1854-1864)
    • additional address at 24 Holles Street, (ca. 1857-1864)
  • Boosey and Co., 28 and 24 Holles Street (ca. 1864-1874)
  • Boosey and Co., 295 Regent Street, (1874-1930)

New York addresses

  • Boosey and Co., 644 Broadway (ca. 1860-ca. 1862)
  • Boosey and Co., 32 East 14th Street (between 1864 and 1874?)

After 1930 merger

  • Boosey & Hawkes Ltd., 295 Regent Street, London W. 1
  • Boosey & Hawkes Inc., 43-47 West 23rd Street, New York City
  • Boosey & Hawkes (Canada) Ltd., 10 Shuter Street, Toronto
  • Boosey & Hawkes (Australia) Pty. Ltd., National Building, 250 Pitt Street, Sydney

Plate Numbers

Plate Composer Work Year
2 Stanford The Canterbury Pilgrims (vocal score) 1896?
5 Stanford Shamus O'Brien, Op.61 (vocal score) 1896
6 Stanford Phaudrig Crohoore, Op.62 (vocal score) 1896
E.7-7 Sullivan The Absent-Minded Beggar 1899
15 Stanford A Cycle of Songs, Op.68 1898
17 Stanford Much Ado About Nothing, Op.76a (vocal score) 1901
198-5 Liddle The Lord Is My Shepherd 1902
378-379 Woodforde-Finden 4 Indian Love Lyrics 1903
440 Woodforde-Finden A Lover in Damascus 1904
458 Quilter 3 Songs, Op.3 1904
488-3 Liddle In My Garden 1904
857 Elgar Sea Pictures, Op.37 1899
1457-4 Scott 2 Pierrot Pieces, Op.35 1904
1512, 1538 Quilter 3 Songs, Op.3 1905
1632-7 Sanderson Break o Day 1915?
1666-5 Liddle How Lovely are Thy Dwellings 1908
1783 McGill Folk Songs of the Kentucky Mountains 1917


Plate Composer Work Year
H.688 Maybrick The Holy City 1892
H.1118 Bevan The Mighty River 1894
H.1242 Sullivan The Chieftain 1895
H.1477 Walthew The Gleaner's Slumber Song 1895
H.1752 Stanford Requiem, Op.63 1897
H.2281 Lawes Select Ayres and Dialogues 1898
H.2670 Elgar Sea Pictures, Op.37 1899
H.2870 Stanford Songs of Erin, Op.76 1901
H.3157-H.3162 Stanford 6 Irish Folksongs, Op.78 1901
H.3231 Stanford Songs of Erin, Op.76 1901
H.3590 Elgar Pomp and Circumstance, Op.39 (arr. organ solo) 1902
H.3969 Scott Piano Quartet, Op.16 1903
H.4059 Elgar 2 Songs, Op.41 1902
H.4347 Lehmann The 4 Sunbeams 1904
H.4404 Stanford Songs of the Sea, Op.91 (choral score) 1904
H.4543 Woodforde-Finden A Lover in Damascus 1904
H.4726 German Glorious Devon 1905
H.5013 Holbrooke March 1906
H.5099 Stanford Stabat Mater, Op.96 (vocal score) 1907
H.5360 Stanford Ode to Wellington, Op.100 1907
H.5737 Stanford Songs of Faith, Op.97 1908
H.6428 Coleridge-Taylor 5 Fairy Ballads 1909
H.6609 Woodforde-Finden A Dream of Egypt 1910
H.7234 Coates Miniature Suite 1911
H.8439 MacCunn Eglantine Melody for Cello 1914
H.8513 Vaughan Williams 4 Hymns 1920
H.8846 Hughes Irish Country Songs 1914
H.9793 Gray A Thanksgiving 1919
H.9895 Stanford Mass via victrix, Op.173 (vocal score) 1920
H.10255 Holst First Suite for Military Band, Op.28 No.1 1921
H.10472 Holst Second Suite for Military Band, Op.28 No.2 1922
H.11935 Somervell Christmas 1926
H.13468 Quilter I arise from dreams of thee 1931
H.13708 Somervell Violin Concerto in g minor 1932
H.14049 Ferguson Octet in B-flat 1934
H.14184 Benjamin Prima donna 1935
H.14336 Britten Friday afternoons, Op.7 1936
H.14975 Benjamin Three new fantasies for piano 1938
H.15187 Bartók From the Diary of a Fly 1940
H.15808 Pfitzner Piano Concerto, Op.31 (arr. piano 4 hds.) 1942
B.&H.7802 Finzi Interlude for Oboe and String Quartet, Op.21 1936
B.&H.8020 Boughton Oboe Concerto 1936
B.&H.8209 Bridge Norse Legend 1939
B.&H.8437 Bartók String Quartet No.6, Sz.114 1941
B.&H.8760 Mozart Oboe Quartet in F major, K.370/368b 1942
B.&H.9009; 9131 Bartók Concerto for Orchestra, Sz.116 1946
B.&H.16408 Diamond Music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet 1948
B.&H.16629 Strauss Duett-Concertino, TrV 293 1949
B.&H.17865 Copland Twelve poems of Emily Dickinson 1951
B.&H.19215a Strauss Mädchenblumen, Op.22 1964


B.H.Bk.

Plate Composer Work Year
414 Chanler Eight epitaphs 1956
598 Cos Cob song volume 1962-3
679 Argento Six Elisabethan songs 1970
761 Argento From the diary of Virginia Woolf 1975

Sources

  • Humphries, Charles and William C. Smith. Music Publishing in the British Isles From the Beginning Unil the Middle of the Nineteenth Century. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1970.
  • The Musical World (January 5, 1861), p. 5.

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