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Abe Holzmann

Abraham "Abe" Holzmann (19 August 1874 – 16 January 1939) was an American composer, who is most famous today for his march Blaze-Away!

Abraham Holzmann was born in New York City. His parents were Jacob Holzmann, a Hungarian (some sources say German) immigrant and Isabella Holzmann, a native of Louisiana. The young Holzmann learned music in Germany. A review originally published by the New York Herald on Sunday, 13 January 1901, entitled German Composer who Writes American Cakewalk Music describes "[h]is knowledge of bass and counterpoint is thorough, and his standard compositions bear the stamp of harmonic lore, which makes his proclivity for the writing of the popular style of music the more remarkable."

Abe married Isabelle Fishblatt around 1908, and he became the manager of the Orchestra Department at Jerome Remick & Company, music publisher in New York. He was an early member (1923) of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He earned his livelihood as composer/arranger for Tin Pan Alley publishers, including Leo Feist. He later was advertising manager for the American Federation of Musicians publication, International Musician. He was a member of Freemasonry, the Elks, and Knights of Pythias, all in New York City.

Holzmann died in East Orange, New Jersey at age 64. He was survived by his widow, a daughter Natalie Holzmann, three half-brothers, and four sisters. His music was especially revered by ragtime enthusiasts, although he composed marches, waltzes, and other light music.

His 1899 composition Smokey Mokes was briefly featured in the 1936 movie San Francisco.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 19th, 1874 (New York City), Died January 16th, 1939 (East Orange)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Notes: Name also appears as Abe Holtzmann.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 0160 7-in. 5/5/1899 Smokey mokes Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 0500 7-in. 9/18/1899 Smokey mokes United States Marine Band Band composer  
Berliner 0611 7-in. 10/18/1899 Smokey mokes Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Berliner 0623 7-in. 10/21/1899 Smokey mokes George Schweinfest Piccolo solo composer  
Berliner 0691 7-in. 10/14/1899 Smokey mokes Cullen and Collins Banjo duet composer  
Berliner 0834 7-in. 12/14/1899 Smokey mokes Stuber and Weaver Banjo duet composer  
Berliner 0860 7-in. 1/6/1900 Smokey mokes S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer  
Berliner 0893 7-in. 1/18/1900 Smokey mokes Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 0894 7-in. 1/18/1900 Bunch of blackberries Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]251 10-in. 4/14/1902 Bunch o' blackberries Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]251 7-in. 12/1/1900 Bunch o' blackberries Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]271 7-in. 9/28/1900 Smokey mokes Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]271 10-in. 10/16/1901 Smoky mokes Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]808 10-in. 5/16/1901 Hunky-dory Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]808 7-in. 5/16/1901 Hunky-dory Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1731 10-in. 11/7/1902 Blaze away Kendle's First Regiment Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1731 7-in. 11/7/1902 Blaze away Kendle's First Regiment Band Band composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1822 7-in. 12/3/1902 Blaze away march Bill Farmer ; Vess L. Ossman Banjo duet composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1822 10-in. 12/3/1902 Banjo duet—Blaze away march Bill Farmer ; Vess L. Ossman Banjo duet composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3363 10-in. 5/16/1901 Hunky dory Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor B-815 10-in. 12/11/1903 Alagazam march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor A-815 7-in. 12/11/1903 Alagazam march Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-1084 12-in. 3/11/1904 Uncle Sammy march Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-1084 10-in. 3/9/1904 Uncle Sammy march Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor A-1084 7-in. 3/9/1904 Uncle Sammy march Arthur Pryor's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 78 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Holzmann, Abe," accessed April 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109308.

Holzmann, Abe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109308.

"Holzmann, Abe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109308

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