Carl Bohm (also known as Carl Bohm, Henry Cooper [pseudonym] and Karl Bohm) (11 September 1844 – 4 April 1920) was a German pianist and composer.
Bohm is regarded as one of the leading German songwriters of the 19th century, and wrote such works as Still as the Night, Twilight, May Bells, Enfant Cheri and The Fountain.
The Oxford Companion to Music says that Bohm was "a German composer of great fecundity and the highest salability... He occupied an important position in the musical commonwealth inasmuch as his publisher, N. Simrock, declared that the profits on his compositions provided the capital for the publication of those of Brahms." Bohm's specialty was music in a lighter vein, very different from the dark, brooding and introspective works of Brahms.
Bohm, like Schubert, was more than just a songwriter, composing in most genres. His chamber music, mostly quartets and piano trios, were extremely popular not only amongst amateurs but also among touring professional groups who were always in need of a sure-fire audience pleaser.
Edition Silvertrust (see references) states that Bohm "was certainly very well known during his lifetime. Yet today, his name brings nothing but blank stares." This curious obscurity is borne out more than ever by the fact that Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians contains no article about him. Nonetheless, his Sarabande in G minor remains a standard teaching piece for intermediate violinists and violists.
Birth and Death Data: Born September 11th, 1844 (Berlin), Died Berlin
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor
Notes: Sometimes listed as Charles Bohm.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 81 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1849||7-in.||1/5/1903||Calm as the night||Herbert Goddard||Baritone vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1849||10-in.||1/5/1903||Calm as the night||Herbert Goddard||Baritone vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||B-1408||10-in.||6/3/1904||Mein Liebchen von Burgund||Emil Muench||Tenor vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||C-2315||12-in.||2/20/1905||Still wie die Nacht||Emma Eames||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-2767||10-in.||9/26/1905||Wie mag es wohl gekommen sein?||Emil Muench||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-4067||12-in.||11/27/1906||Still wie die Nacht||Emma Eames||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-4777||10-in.||8/8/1907||Was mir als Kind die Mutter sang||Emil Muench||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-8086||12-in.||7/1/1909||Calm as the night||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-8099||10-in.||7/8/1909||La fontaine||Darius Lyons||Flute solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-8934||10-in.||5/9/1910||Calm as the night||Vienna Quartet||Instrumental quartet||composer|
|Victor||B-10478||10-in.||5/31/1911||The Gypsy||William H. Reitz||Xylophone solo||composer|
|Victor||B-11195||10-in.||11/6/1911||Love and arms waltz||Frank La Forge||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||C-11478||12-in.||1/23/1912||Nordische Romanze||Rosario Bourdon||Cello solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-14723||10-in.||4/17/1914||Calm as the night||Christine Miller||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-16093||10-in.||6/10/1915||Calm as the night||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with violin and piano||composer|
|Victor||B-17181||10-in.||2/17/1916||Still wie die Nacht||Alma Gluck||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-19396||10-in.||3/21/1917||Calm as the night||Louise Homer||Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-19396||12-in.||5/31/1927||Calm as the night||Louise Homer||Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-25333||10-in.||6/3/1921||Calm as the night||Leah Wade||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-25580||10-in.||9/28/1921||Still wie die Nacht||Ernestine Schumann-Heink||Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-32916||10-in.||6/19/1925||Still wie die Nacht||Helen G. Selig||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-43657||10-in.||4/20/1928||Still wie die Nacht||Hulda Lashanska ; Paul Reimers||Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-51847||12-in.||5/24/1929||Calm as the night||Associated Glee Clubs of America||Male vocal chorus, with 4 pianos||composer|
|Victor||CVE-53443||12-in.||5/27/1929||Cavatina||Pelham High School Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-55991||10-in.||10/24/1929||Calm as the night||Mrs. William T. Welch||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bohm, Carl," accessed September 18, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105589.
Bohm, Carl. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 18, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105589.
"Bohm, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 18 September 2020.
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