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Karl L. Hoschna

Karl Hoschna (1876–1911) was a Tin Pan Alley-era composer most noted for his songs "Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine", "Every Little Movement" and "Yama Yama Man", and for a string of successful Broadway musicals.

Hoschna was born on 16 August 1876 in Kuschwarda, Bohemia, and educated in Austria at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, specializing in the oboe. He graduated with honors and became an oboist in the Austrian army band. He emigrated to the United States in 1896 and joined the Victor Herbert orchestra as an oboe soloist.

Hoschna married Hettie Hug; they had three daughters.

Hoschna abandoned the oboe because he believed the vibration of the oboe's double-reed was affecting his mind, and became a copyist for the Witmark Music Publishing Co., where he selected songs for publication and was an arranger.

With Otto Harbach, Harry B. Smith, Charles Noel Douglas, Mark Swan, Benjamin Hapgood Burt, William C. Duncan, and others, he collaborated on a series of Broadway musical comedies, which included:

  • 1905: Belle of the West
  • 1905: The Daughter of the Desert
  • 1907: The Girl from Broadway
  • 1908: Three Twins, which provided Bessie McCoy ("The Yama Yama Girl") with her signature song "The Yama Yama Man", and introduced Cuddle Up A Little Closer.
  • 1908: Prince Humbug
  • 1909: The Silver Star
  • 1910: Katy Did
  • 1910: Bright Eyes
  • 1910: The Echo, incorporated Hoschna's song "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier Boy"
  • 1910: Madame Sherry, in which Every Little Movement was introduced.
  • 1910: Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (The main composer was George M. Cohan; Hoschna was represented by a selection from Madame Sherry)
  • 1911: Jumping Jupiter
  • 1911: Dr. De Luxe
  • 1911: The Girl of My Dreams
  • 1912: The Wall Street Girl

After his death, his music was used in:

  • 1917: Miss 1917 (the song "Yama Yama Man", with lyrics by Collin Davis)
  • 1980: Tintypes (the song "Electricity", with lyrics by Harry B. Smith)

Hoschna was inducted into Tin Pan Alley's Hall of Fame in 1908.

Hoschna died before completing the music for The Wall Street Girl, which featured Blanche Ring, her brother Cyril Ring, and Will Rogers, Jr.

Hoschna's popular songs include:

  • "Bright Eyes"
  • "Cuddle Up a Little Closer"
  • "Girl of My Dreams"
  • "Yama Yama Man"
  • "Every Little Movement"
  • "The Mood You're In"

Hoschna died on 23 December 1911 in New York City, leaving an estate of $6,424, and was buried 26 December 1911 at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 16th, 1877 (Strážný), Died December 23rd, 1911 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 41 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-3469 10-in. 6/14/1906 The girl who was meant for you Harry Tally Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6306 10-in. 7/15/1908 It's up to you to do the rest Frank C. Stanley ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-6310 10-in. 7/17/1908 Cuddle up a little closer, Lovey mine Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-7061 10-in. 5/11/1909 The Yama-Yama man Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra and female vocal chorus composer  
Victor B-9049 10-in. 6/3/1910 Every little movement Harry Macdonough ; Lucy Isabelle Marsh Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9333 10-in. 7/28/1910 Every little movement Inez Barbour ; Victor Orchestra ; Reinald Werrenrath Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9334 10-in. 7/28/1910 For you, Bright Eyes! Harry Anthony ; Inez Barbour Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9336 10-in. 7/28/1910 Every little movement Inez Barbour Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9413 10-in. 9/8/1910 Cheer up, my honey Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-9443 12-in. 9/13/1910 The love dance : Intermezzo Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-9444 10-in. 9/13/1910 The love dance Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-9456 10-in. 9/15/1910 The girl of my dreams Haydn Quartet ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal quartet and male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9468 10-in. 9/20/1910 Every little movement Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-9599 10-in. 11/1/1910 Barn dance or schottische Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-9681 12-in. 11/30/1910 Gems from The three twins Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9807 10-in. 1/13/1911 Dr. Tinkle tinker Elise Stevenson Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-9982 10-in. 2/20/1911 The birth of passion Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-10142 12-in. 4/3/1911 Gems from Madame Sherry Victor Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10249 10-in. 5/2/1911 For every boy who's lonely, there's a girl who's lonely too Lyric Quartet ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-10624 10-in. 6/28/1911 Save up your kisses for a rainy day Henry Burr ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-12756 10-in. 12/31/1912 Cuddle up a little closer, lovey mine Edna Brown ; James F. Harrison Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor PBVE-42022 10-in. 2/24/1928 Cuddle up a little closer, lovey mine Horace Heidt Orchestra ; Lee Lykins Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-75582 10-in. 3/27/1933 Birth of passion Jesse Crawford Pipe organ solo composer  
Columbia 3920 10-in. ca. Jan.-Oct. 1908 It's up to you to do the rest Frank C. Stanley ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 4029 10-in. ca. Jan.-Apr. 1909 The Yama-Yama man Ada Jones Female vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 41 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hoschna, Karl L.," accessed August 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108694.

Hoschna, Karl L.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108694.

"Hoschna, Karl L.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 August 2021.

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