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Carl Bohm

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  
(Results 1-25 of 81 records)

Citation

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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