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.
The company was formed in 1930 through the merger of two well-established British music publishers, Hawkes & Son, Ltd. and Boosey & Co, Ltd. Of the two companies, Boosey & Co was the older, operating from the late 18th century, while Hawkes and Son started in the 1880s.
Hawkes and Son had a strong catalogue of wind band compositions, of which the most famous is Colonel Bogey (1914). It also published many tutors and studies for wind instruments such as those of Langey, Klose and Baermann for clarinet, and Arban for cornet. It published many light music successes by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, J..B. McEwen, Albert Sammons and J.H. Foulds (Keltic Lament (1915)). The more serious works in the catalogue were by Delius (Sea Drift), Holbrooke and Moeran.
Boosey and Co's publications were generally rather more serious in tone, by Elgar, Stanford, Walthew, Cyril Scott and other figures of the 1890-1920 period, but also included the worldwide success Four Indian love Lyrics (1905).
The present 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 Editions Russes 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. In additon this purchase brought a Russian catalog going back to the early 19th century (including nearly every significant Russian composer except Tchaikovsky, who was published by Jurgenson), by virtue of E R de M's acquistion of Gutheil in 1914. The period 1950 to 1980 saw many boardroom battles among a cast of strong personalities: the Booseys, Hawkes, Ernst Roth, Benjamin Britten and Donald Mitchell; see here for details
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.
The early 21st century brought many changes, with the company finally owned by the Imagem Music Group, owners of the popular music company UMP, which also owns the rights to Rogers and Hammersteins's musicals.
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.
|2||Stanford||The Canterbury Pilgrims (vocal score)||1884|
|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|
|H.688||Maybrick||The Holy City||1892|
|H.1118||Bevan||The Mighty River||1894|
|H.1477||Walthew||The Gleaner's Slumber Song||1895|
|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.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.8439||MacCunn||Eglantine Melody for Cello||1914|
|H.8513||Vaughan Williams||4 Hymns||1920|
|H.8846||Hughes||Irish Country Songs||1914|
|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.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.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.7919||Moeran||Sonata for 2 Violins (sc&pts)||1937|
|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.17982||Martinů||Comedy on the Bridge, H.247 (1935, 1951 rev.) (fs)||1952|
|B.&H.19310||Prokofiev||The Fiery Angel (opera in 5 acts), Op.37 (fs w/translations)||1977/94|
|B.&H.20378||Einem, G.v.||Arietten, Op.50 (arr.2pf)||1980|
|B.&H.20456||Einem, G.v.||Arietten, Op.50 (f.s.)||1980|
|598||Cos Cob song volume||1962-3|
|679||Argento||Six Elisabethan songs||1970|
|761||Argento||From the diary of Virginia Woolf||1975|