Carl Heins

Carl Heins (8 June 1859 - 10 September 1923) was a German pianist, and a composer of light salon music in classical music style. He wrote both solo piano works and parlor songs.

Heins' pieces show a special pianoesque ability to fashion pretty melodies picturesquely in the salon style of the time. His competency on the keyboard led him to perform and compose. He composed the song 'Zwei Dunkle Augen', which was recorded by the tenor Fritz Wunderlich. Stylistically his music is similar to that of his older compatriot Carl Bohm.

Robert Leonhardt, an operatic baritone who sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera company between 1913 and 1922, made numerous recordings for many major record labels, both in Europe and in the United States. An early recording he made on Gramophone 42325 with matrix number 1113B[54] was "Zwei dunkle Augen" by Carl Heins. Leonhardt recorded it onto a 78rpm in October 1901 when he was 24.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 8, 1859 (Tangerm√ľnde), Died September 10, 1923 (Berlin)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-14186 10-in. 12/11/1913 Evening chimes Neapolitan Trio Instrumental trio, with bells composer  
Victor BVE-14186 10-in. 2/11/1926 Evening chimes Neapolitan Trio Instrumental trio, with vibraphone composer  
Victor B-25546 10-in. 9/2/1921 Zwei dunkle Augen Max Bloch Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra composer  
Columbia 77176 10-in. 6/27/1917 Abendlauten Taylor Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Columbia W107453 10-in. January 1927 Zwei dunkle Augen Adolf Engel Male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick 5097-5098 10-in. approximately Feb. 1921 Evening chimes Gondolier Trio Instrumental trio composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Heins, Carl," accessed July 19, 2024,

Heins, Carl. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 19, 2024, from

"Heins, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 July 2024.

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