Carl Bohm

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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)[1] 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.

Selected works[edit]


  • Lieder (op. 326; including Nr. 27: "Still wie die Nacht“)
  • Salon-Kompositionen (op. 327)
  • Klaviertrio G-dur. (Forelle; op. 330 Nr.2)
  • Perpetuo Mobile (Kleine Suite 6)
  • Introduction and Polonaise
  • Moto Perpetuo
  • Hausmusik
  • Spanischer Tanz
  • The Fountain (op. 221) (G major)
  • Op.99 Petit Rondeau Brillant (G major)
  • Op.102 La Zingana - Hungarian Mazurka
  • Op.114 No.5 Sextet From Lucia (Donizetti)
  • Op.135 May Bells
  • Op.213 Charge of the Uhlans - Grand Galop Militaire
  • Op.266 If Thou Thy Heart Wilt Give Me - Melodie
  • Op.270 Song of the Swallow
  • Op.281 Fairy Dance
  • Op.282 Frolic of the Butterflies - Kosender Falter
  • Op.302 No.5 La Grace
  • Op.305 No.b2 The Dance Queen - Polonaise
  • Op.327 No.14 Seguidilla - Spanish Song
  • Op.357 No.3 Brise printaniere - Polka brillante
  • Op.357 No.4 Rosetta - Fantasie-Mazurka
  • Op.362 No.1 Soldaten kommen (Soldiers are Coming) March
  • Sarabande in G minor for solo violin

Notes and references[edit]

  • Some of the information on this page appears on the website of Edition Silvertrust but permission has been granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

External links[edit]

  • Sound carrier of Carl Bohm in the German National Library catalogue
  • Free scores by Carl Bohm at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
  • ""Trout" Piano Trio in G Major, Op.330 No.2 (soundbites and discussion)". Edition Silvertrust.
  • "Six Light Trios for Violin, Cello & Piano, Op.352 (soundbites and discussion)". Edition Silvertrust.
  • Some of Bohm's violin pieces are available at Free violin music
  • "Playlist: Phillip Sear plays Carl Bohm". YouTube.