The Canadian branch (in 1983 one of 13 in 10 countries) is made up of three sections - sheet music, music rentals, and instruments. Boosey & Hawkes' Canadian publications include, among much other material, choral and vocal music by Keith Bissell, Bernard Naylor, and Morris Surdin, piano music by Violet Archer and Oskar Morawetz, band and orchestral works by James Gayfer, Kelsey Jones, Talivaldis Kenins, John Weinzweig, and Healey Willan, and educational works by Cora Ahrens and Boris Berlin. The catalogue of the parent firm includes music by Bartók, Bernstein, Britten, Carter, Copland, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Reich, Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and many others. Boosey & Hawkes (Canada) is the Canadian agent for Faber (rentals only) and Joseph Weinberger of Great Britain, Sikorski of Germany, Editio Musica of Hungary, Suvini Zerboni and G. Ricordi (rentals only) of Italy, and handles the rental materials of Oxford University Press and D'Oyly Carte of Great Britain and Artia and Supraphon of Czechoslovakia.
The sale of orchestral instruments manufactured by Boosey & Hawkes London and instrument repairs became a large part of the company's business in 1947. In 1981 the parent company acquired the French woodwind instrument builder Buffet Crampon. The Canadian branch also sells Besson brass instruments of England, Schreiber woodwind instruments and Paesold string instruments. The Canadian company has sponsored brass band festivals and keyboard workshops. Another supplementary activity is the distribution of recordings of background music produced by the parent company.
Boosey & Hawkes closed its Canadian operations on 31 December 1994.
Author Marlene Wehrle
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