Karl Hoschna

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Karl L. Hoschna
Karl Ludwig Hoschna (1877-1911).jpg
Karl Hoschna circa 1900
Born(1876-08-16)August 16, 1876
DiedDecember 23, 1911(1911-12-23) (aged 35)
Resting placeGreen-Wood Cemetery
40°39′08″N 73°59′28″W / 40.65222°N 73.99111°W / 40.65222; -73.99111
Other namesCarl Hoschna
Spouse(s)Hettie Hug

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.[1][2]

Hoschna married Hettie Hug; they had three daughters.[2]

Hoschna abandoned the oboe because he believed the vibration of the oboe's double-reed was affecting his mind,[1] and became a copyist for the Witmark Music Publishing Co., where he selected songs for publication and was an arranger.[2]

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:

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.[1]

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:

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.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c Jack Burton (16 July 1949), "The Honor Roll of Popular Songwriters Part XII: No. 28-Karl Hoschna", Billboard, p. 40
  2. ^ a b c d "CARL HOSCHNA DEAD.; Composer of Music of "Madame Sherry" and Other Plays Was 35 Years Old." (PDF), The New York Times, 24 December 1911, retrieved 11 November 2011
  3. ^ "HOSCHNA LEFT $6,424.; Composer Kept No Books and Never Deposited His Royalties." (PDF), The New York Times, 28 February 1913, retrieved 11 November 2011

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