Boosey & Hawkes

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Typical Boosey & Co. title page (1884)
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Typical Boosey & Hawkes cover (1956)



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 March by Alford (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, John Blackwood McEwen, Albert Sammons and J.H. Foulds' Keltic Lament of 1915. The more serious works in the catalogue were by Delius (Sea Drift), Holbrooke and Moeran. For their part, 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 many Edwardian songs, by Sanderson, Adams, Coleridge-Taylor and others, including Woodforde-Finden's worldwide success 4 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 ultimately sold (2008) to a holding company owned by the Dutch pension fund Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP - Imagem Music Group, which was formed from companies sold by Universal Music Group after the European Commission ordered the sell-off as a condition of its merger with BMG's publishing arm. In 2009, Imagem, which now belongs to Concord Music, acquired the rights to Rogers and Hammersteins's musicals.

As for retailing, Boosey & Hawkes Music Shop had premises at 295 Regent Street in London from the 1930s until 2005, but now sells only online. Its offices relocated to the Aldwych, 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


Hawkes and Son (prior to merger)

Imprints, Agencies, Addresses

Boosey (prior to merger)

London addresses
  • 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 Notes
0002 Stanford The Canterbury Pilgrims (vocal score) 1884
0005 Stanford Shamus O'Brien, Op.61 (vocal score) 1896
0006 Stanford Phaudrig Crohoore, Op.62 (vocal score) 1896
0007* Sullivan The Absent-Minded Beggar 1899 E.7-7
0015 Stanford A Cycle of Songs, Op.68 1898
0017 Stanford Much Ado About Nothing, Op.76a (vocal score) 1901
0198 Liddle The Lord Is My Shepherd 1902
0378-79 Woodforde-Finden 4 Indian Love Lyrics 1903
0440 Woodforde-Finden A Lover in Damascus 1904
0458 Quilter 3 Songs, Op.3 1904
0488 Liddle In My Garden 1904
0857 Elgar Sea Pictures, Op.37 1899
1457 Scott 2 Pierrot Pieces, Op.35 1904
1512, 1538 Quilter 3 Songs, Op.3 1905
1632 Sanderson Break o Day 1915
1666 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.3133 Stanford An Irish Idyll in 6 Miniatures, Op.77 1901
H.3157-H.3162 Stanford 6 Irish Folksongs, Op.78 1901
H.3231 Stanford Songs of Erin, Op.76 1901
H.3457A Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, Op.39 No.1 (arr. symphonic band arr.) 1902
H.3590 Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, Op.39 No.1 (arr. organ solo by Lemare) 1902
H.3969 Scott Piano Quartet, Op.16 (sc&pts) 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.7902 Reizenstein Woodwind Quintet (sc & pts) 1937
B.&H.7919 Moeran Sonata for 2 Violins (sc&pts) 1937
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.15894 Bloch String Quartet No.2, B.76 (small score) 1947
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.18394 Barraud Symphony No.3 (full score) 1958
B.&H.18513 Tcherepnin Symphony No.4 in e, Op.91 ( 1959
B.&H.19215a Strauss Mädchenblumen, Op.22 1964
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


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


  • 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.

Authority control

  • VIAF (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • VIAF (Boosey & Co., Boosey & Sons)
  • VIAF (Hawkes & Sons)


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