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Boosey & Hawkes: The Publishing Story Paperback – Illustrated, June 1, 2007
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- Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes (June 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0851625142
- ISBN-13 : 978-0851625140
- Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.62 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A must read for every serious musician.
The most interesting parts of the book are about the 1940s, when Ralph Hawkes was most active and the company acquired the rights to the works of important composers such as Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov as well as being the publishers of Copland and Britten. However the story becomes much less compelling after the death of Hawkes in 1950, and the account of the most recent decades focuses on boardroom battles and takeovers rather than interaction with composers, which would be of much greater interest to most readers.
There are also some minor but irritating errors (for example Hubert Foss becomes "Herbert") and overall this book left me with a rather flat impression. However the earlier parts remain a worthwhile read.