Death of a Boosey composer, 88

Death of a Boosey composer, 88


norman lebrecht

May 07, 2018

The Denver composer Donald H. Keats, published by Boosey & Hawkes, has died after a long decline.

An Elegiac Symphony, written after the death of his infant firstborn, was performed by leading US orchestras.


  • The View from America says:

    Better a Boosey composer than a Boozy one, I suppose …

  • Larry says:

    Norman, surely there is a better way to describe this gentleman other than “Boosey composer.”

  • Robert Hairgrove says:

    Donald Keats composed a wonderful piano sonata published in 1964 which was often performed by John Perry and his students back in the 1970’s when I was studying with him. John Perry has also recorded it: