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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 76-83 of 83 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 10865 10-in. 3/5/1926 Cavatina Carl Flesch ; Kurt Ruhrseitz Violin solo, with piano composer  
Edison 19095 10-in. 3/12/1929 Calm as the night Theodore Webb Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison N-786 10-in. 3/12/1929 Calm as the night Carl Bohm ; Theodore Webb Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison N-1102 12-in. 9/1/1929 Stille wie die Nacht Female vocal chorus (unidentified; Edison Records) ; New Haven Symphony Orchestra Female vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 0EA1033 10-in. 10/19/1935 Still as the night Marek Weber Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Gramophone 1443h 10-in. 1902 Hast du mich lieb? Berlin Band [i.e., Garde-Kürassir Regiment] Band composer  
Gramophone 8041e 10-in. 1908 Gavotte Mischa Elman Violin solo composer  
Gramophone 8330½b 10-in. 6/14/1906 Moment musical Mischa Elman Violin solo, with piano composer  
(Results 76-83 of 83 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bohm, Carl," accessed October 17, 2021,

Bohm, Carl. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from

"Bohm, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.

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