Boosey and Hawkes Ballets are now listed in the database

Boosey and Hawkes, the publisher for some of best known stage works from the 20th century is now listed in the database. Works by American composers like Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Blitzstein, Ned Rorem, and John Adams can be found in the saxophone database. Other notable composers in the Boosey and Hawkes catalog are Louis Andriessen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, HK Gruber, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and Elena Kats-Chernin. Here are a few ballet highlights.

Date: 1926

Ballet: Suite de Caballos de Vapor (Horsepower Suite) by Carlos Chávez

Saxophone: Soprano, Tenor

Chávez worked with the artist Diego Rivera to conceive this ballet. This is the earliest work from a Mexican composer in the database. Chávez was also friend with Aaron Copland, and you can hear Chávez’s influence in Copland’s 1936 symphonic work, El Salón México.

Date: 2015

Ballet: The Three Dancers by Elena Kats-Chernin

Saxophone: Soprano

Elena Kats-Chernin is one of Australia’s most prolific composers. Another entry in the database worthy of your time is her ballet Wild Swans.

Date: 1940

Ballet: Symphonic Dances op. 45 by Serge Rachmaninoff

Saxophone: Alto

You might be thinking, that’s an orchestral piece, why is it in the database? Rachmaninoff intention was for this to be staged as a ballet. Which is why there is a saxophone in this work, but not any other of his symphonies. By 1940, Prokofiev and Shostakovitch have already used the saxophone in their ballets, to great success. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances op. 45 is a continuation of that trend of using saxophone in ballet.

Those are just a few of the highlights from Boosey and Hawkes. Explore the database to find new works.

Published by Mary Huntimer

Saxophonist, teacher, opera and silent movie enthusiast. All opinions are my own.

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