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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 April 4th, 1920 (Berlin)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor

Notes: Sometimes listed as Charles Bohm.

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 83 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-62329 10-in. 7/3/1930 La zingara Pietro Accordion solo composer  
Victor PCS-79416 12-in. 10/17/1934 Cavatina Velero Ensemble Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor PBVE-193 10-in. 4/30/1926 Still wie die Nacht Leana Shwayder Female vocal solo, with violin and piano composer  
Victor BS-048469 10-in. 3/28/1940 Calm as the night Frank La Forge Piano solo composer  
Victor BS-050887 10-in. 5/29/1940 Still as the night Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1912-10-21-01] Not documented 10/21/1912 Calm as the night Mina Kaufman Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1913-05-23-08] Not documented 5/23/1913 Still wie die Nacht Elizabeth Bonner Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1916-07-15-01] Not documented 7/15/1916 Silent as night [Still wie die Nacht] Susanna Dercum Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 655 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Calm as the night J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 655 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Calm as the night J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 3183 10-in. ca. Jan.-June 1905 Mein Glueck Emil Muench Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 19191 10-in. 1/5/1911 Calm as the night Francis Firth Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 38115 10-in. 7/3/1912 Calm as the night Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 47143 10-in. 11/8/1916 Calm as the night Margaret Keyes Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 79208 10-in. 5/26/1920 Calm as the night Hulda Lashanska Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 80369 10-in. 6/2/1922 Calm as the night Barbara Maurel Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 81410 10-in. 12/11/1923 Calm as the night Carmela Ponselle Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 37163 12-in. ca. 1915 Calm as the night Lois Ewell Female vocal solo composer  
Columbia 48908 12-in. 9/5/1916 Calm as the night Margaret Keyes Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 8830 10-in. approximately Oct. 1922 Still wie die Nacht Florence Easton Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 13167 10-in. 5/23/1924 Still wie die nacht Zavel Kwartin Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick 13127-13128 10-in. 5/9/1924 Still wie die Nacht Zavel Kwartin Tenor vocal solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick 15080-15081 10-in. 3/6/1925 Calm as the night Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick XC4768 12-in. 11/30/1929 Calm as the night Orchestra (unidentified; Brunswick Records) Orchestra composer  
Brunswick E27572 10-in. 5/22/1928 Calm as the night Marie Morrisey Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 26-50 of 83 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bohm, Carl," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105589.

Bohm, Carl. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105589.

"Bohm, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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