Theodor Blumer

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Theodor Anton Blumer (24 March 1881 – 21 September 1964) was a German composer and conductor.[1]

Blumer was born in Dresden. He studied composition with Felix Draeseke and W. Brookman at the Dresden Conservatory. In 1931 he became the conductor of the Dresden Radio Orchestra, and after this moved to Leipzig to head the Middle German Radio Orchestra there for eleven years. He spent the rest of his life in Berlin.[1]

Blumer's compositions include music for solo piano, string orchestra, and mixed chamber groups, as well as works for larger ensembles[2]. These include a piano quintet, two violin sonatas,[3] string trio (1928),[4] a flute sonata,[5] four woodwind quintets, a string quartet (in G minor, his opus 51),[6] a comic opera Die Fünfuhrthee (The Five-o'Clock Tea) (produced in Berlin and in Bremen in 1912)[7] and a symphonic poem Erlösung.[8]

Some of his chamber music has been recorded on three CDs on the label Crystal Records.[9]


  1. ^ a b Klimko, Ronald (2004). "Bassoon CD Reviews" (PDF). The Double Reed. Idaho Falls, Idaho: International Double Reed Society. 27 (2): 129. ISSN 0741-7659. OCLC 4026787.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ e.g. a polonaise for large orchestra - Blumer's opus 84 - published in 1940 by Zimmermann of Leipzig.
  3. ^ the title page of his second violin sonata describes it as his second violin sonata - sonata no.1 opus 33 in D minor, sonata no.2 opus 43 in C minor. This does not preclude more, of course.
  4. ^ "Announcement of Performance of String Trio". Neues Wuppertaler Streichtrio. 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  5. ^ F.B. (November 1, 1928). "New Music". The Musical Times. London: Musical Times Ltd. 69 (1029): 1000. ISSN 0027-4666. JSTOR 915482.
  6. ^ "RISM permalink". Retrieved 2013-01-19. - description of Blumer's string quartet in G minor, Op.51 (composed 1923-24).
  7. ^ "Foreign Notes: Berlin". The Musical Times. London: Musical Times Ltd. 53 (831): 337. May 1, 1912. ISSN 0027-4666. JSTOR 907897.; "Foreign Notes: Bremen". The Musical Times. London: Musical Times Ltd. 53 (837): 744. November 1, 1912. ISSN 0027-4666. JSTOR 906515.
  8. ^ Barnett, Rob (May 2006). "Review of Antes Edition Recording of 1921 and 1941 Sextets". MusicWeb International. Retrieved 2008-01-11. (cites 1924 Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians as source of information)
  9. ^ "Woodwind Ensembles Catalog". Crystal Records. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30.

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