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Ernesto Köhler

Ernesto Köhler (December 4, 1849 – March 17, 1907) was an Italian flautist and composer. He was considered one of the best flautists of his era.

Born in Modena, Köhler was taught the flute by his father, Venceslau Joseph Köhler, who was the first flute of the Duke of Modena's orchestra. He moved to Vienna in 1869 as a flautist, and then became a member of the orchestra of the Imperial Opera in Saint Petersburg beginning in 1871.

Noted as a composer for flute, Köhler wrote over 100 works for the instrument: études, duets, and solos. He also produced an opera and several ballets. He is well known among flute players for "Flöten-Schule" (c. 1880), his popular method for learning the flute, and for Progress in Flute Playing (his Opus 33, published in the 1880s), a series of three progressive instructional books for the flute player.

Köhler also had ties to the mandolin using community; he is credited with writing an early mandolin method, Mandolinen Schule, self instructor for the mandolin, first published in 1887. His mandolin method is thought to be the first mandolin method published in Russian. His publisher was Julius Heinrich Zimmermann.

Ernesto Köhler died in Saint Petersburg on March 17, 1907.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 4th, 1849 (Modena), Died March 17th, 1907 (Saint Petersburg)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-4979 10-in. 12/26/1907 The echo Darius Lyons ; Arthur Trepte Flute and oboe duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9376 10-in. 8/26/1910 The butterfly John Lemmoné Flute solo, with piano composer  
OKeh W401841 10-in. 4/30/1929 I like that Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 5621 10-in. 6/14/1917 Echo Pietro Capodiferro Flute and cornet duet, with orchestra composer  
Edison 8788 10-in. 10/31/1923 La perle du nord Victor Young Piano solo composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Köhler, Ernesto," accessed July 30, 2021,

Köhler, Ernesto. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from

"Köhler, Ernesto." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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