Christian Louis Heinrich Köhler (5 September 1820 – 16 February 1886) was a German composer, conductor and piano teacher.
Köhler was born in Braunschweig. He studied piano in Vienna under Carl Maria von Bocklet, Simon Sechter and Ignaz von Seyfried. As a conductor, he worked in Marienburg and Elbing. After that he settled in Königsberg in 1847, after which time he concentrated on piano teaching and writings on music. Among his pupils were Adolf Jensen and Hermann Goetz. He was a critic for the Hartungsche Zeitung from 1849 to 1886, and was a contributor to Signale from 1844 until 1886. His writings were well known to Liszt and Wagner; he also proposed the formation of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Musikverein, with which Liszt was involved.
He composed three operas and a ballet, and wrote books of musical study. He also wrote educational works for piano. He died in Königsberg.
- Die Melodie der Sprache (Leipzig, 1853)
- Systematische Lehrmethode für Klavierspiel und Musik (Leipzig, 1857–8, 3/1888)
- Die Gebrüder Müller und das Streichquartett (Leipzig, 1858)
- Führer durch den Clavierunterricht (Leipzig, 1859, 9/1894)
- Der Clavierunterricht: Studien, Erfahrungen und Ratschläge (Leipzig, 1860, 6/1905)
- Leicht fassliche Harmonie- und Generalbass-Lehre (Königsberg, 1861, 3/1880)
- Gesangs-Führer (Leipzig, 1863)
- Die neue Richtung in der Musik (Leipzig, 1864)
- Einige Betrachtungen über Sonst und Jetzt (Leipzig, 1867)
- Johannes Brahms und seine Stellung in der neueren Musikgeschichte (Hanover, 1880)
- Allgemeine Musiklehre (Leipzig, 1883)
- Katechismus der Harmonielehre (Stuttgart, 1888, 2/1892)
- ^ James Deaville, "Louis Köhler". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London: Macmillan, 2001.
- ^ Grove via Bach-cantatas