Why Burning Sled?
We get this question a lot.
A publisher needs a name. When it was time to choose ours, we thought of Rosebud, which was already taken. We've long admired the Kenosha-born one man band Orson Welles--particularly his great cinematic debut, Citizen Kane. The final tableux of the film consists of a tracking shot of Charls Foster Kane's effects--thousands of valuable works of art collected from around the globe--following his demise. What, a reporter asks, were Kane's last words? As "Rosebud" is whispered, a glimpse is caught of Charlie Kane's childhood sled being burned in a furnace; the effect is that of a dream's cremation.
In his autobiographical film, F is for Fake, Welles mused,
"Our works in stone, in paint, in print, are spared, some of them, for a few decades or a millennium or two, but everything must finally fall in war, or wear away into the ultimate and universal ash - the triumphs, the frauds, the treasures and the fakes. A fact of life: we're going to die. 'Be of good heart,' cry the dead artists out of the living past. 'Our songs will all be silenced, but what of it? Go on singing.' Maybe a man's name doesn't matter all that much."
What Does Burning Sled Do?
- maintains the digital download storefronts on the Hagen and Lyons websites
- maintains our company issuu homepage
- coördinates the activities of our valued print fulfillment partners, Theodore Front Musical Literature and Classical Vocal Reprints
- handles small rights with ASCAP
- handles mechanicals with the Harry Fox Agency
- handles grand rights with our licensing partner, Bill Rhoads and Associates
- handles media relations with our media partner, the Craig Urquhart Office
- handles Hagen's bookings as a stage director with Scott Levine Management
- maintains the symphonic & operatic works for hire catalogue
- monitors and forwards Emails sent to Hagen and Lyons through their websites
- coördinates publishing with Carl Fischer, Schott, and ECS Publishing for Hagen and Lyons works in their catalogues.