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boosey and Hawkes sold

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In today's Guardian:

Buyout saves music publisher Boosey's independence

Music publishers Boosey and Hawkes, home to the estates of Stravinsky, Britten, Strauss, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, is to be bought by the venture capitalists HgCapital - meaning it will remain independent, at least for now.

Boosey's independence secures the futures of the living composers on its books, who include James MacMillan, Mark-Anthony Turnage, John Adams and Harrison Birtwistle. MacMillan said yesterday: "It seems to be a very good move - an indication of security. There's a sense of great relief among composers that I have spoken to - not just Boosey composers - about what has happened."

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I am disposed to agree with the "publishing insider" quoted in the last paragraph. Good news -- for now. And I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the next Britten.

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This follows the sale of the musical instruments section of the company, which happened a few years ago. Now where am I going to get a subcontrabass tuba when I need one?

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