Carl Bohm

Music of Yesterday

Carl-BohmCarl Bohm was born in Berlin, September 11, 1844 and died April 4, 1920.

James Russell Lowell, probably the most philosophical of American poets, not even excepting Emerson and Whitman, says in Rousseau and the Sentimentalists: “Talent is that which is in a man’s power; genius is that in whose power a man is.”

Genius is peculiar and the limitations it imposes upon the composer are distinct and easily defined.

Richard Wagner was as great a genius as the world has ever known, but it would doubtless have been impossible for him to have written a piece in the type in which the subject of our sketch, Carl Bohm (sometimes spelled Karl Bohm), has written.

The music of Wagner has its place and the music of Bohm likewise has its scope and influence. A glance at the catalog of any publishing house will show the remarkable fecundity of this man. Many of his melodies arc so near the folk-song in type that they have necessarily become extremely popular.

Other of his works, such as the ever-demanded Calm as the Night, shows a finish and musicianship together with originality which indicate that his position will be permanent. The great popularity of his innumerable piano pieces may in a sense be the result of his long training under that admirable pedagog.

Loeschhorn, who introduced Bohm to those idioms of the keyboard he knew so well. Bohm’s music supplies a kind of material which is invaluable in teaching pupils who demand melodies. Unfortunately there is a class of teachers which does not appreciate the necessity for tunes which may be easily assimilated by those students whose musical tastes are not manifest, or those whose talent flickers in the glare of the strong light from the immortal masters.

Bohm was born in Berlin in 1844, and has remained there most of his life. His most successful piano pieces in the past have been. The Silver Stars, La Vi-vandiere and La Zingara, The Fountain, Murmuring Spring, Frolics of the Butterflies, Pollacca Brilliante, Salon Mazurka. Of us 259, No. 2; Throwing Kisses.

“Mignon” Nocturne is a drawing-room piece of the very best type, showing the experienced hand of the master throughout. It must be played in a graceful, elegant manner, with strict attention to rhythmic values and accents and due observance of all the various nuances. The manner of expression is like that of a refined song.

List of Some Works by Carl Bohm

  • La Zingana
  • The Song My Mothers Sang
  • Silent as Night
  • In Meadow Grass, in E Flat
  • The Springtime in E flat Op. 322. No. 2
  • Once Only Comes the Hour Op. 245
  • In Spring (song for soprano)
  • Jesus My Lord
  • Still as the Night
  • Sonata No. 2 in G (for four hands)
  • Toujours belle!
  • Chasse aux Papillons
  • Der Rothdorn steht in Bluthe!
  • Waidewund
  • Auf ewig Dein eigen!
  • Ein Rosenblat
  • The Rose
  • Dost Thou Love Me?
  • Cara Memoria
  • Sommernacht
  • Fanchette
  • Bergkonig
  • Un petite Rien Valse
  • Ere the Year is Done
  • Schon Annerl
  • Auf tiefem Grund
  • Gebet einer Mutter
  • A G’falligkeit
  • Alla Turka
  • Gavotte
  • Zigeunerstandchen
  • Alla Menuetto
  • Staccato Etude
  • Romanze
  • Murmuring Spring
  • Botschaft
  • Somebody’s Waiting
  • Im April
  • Das Bienenhaus
  • Brillauts noirs Op. 347, No. 10
  • A la Louis XIII Op. 347, No. 11
  • Hark! ‘tis the signal
  • Charge of the Uhlans Op. 213
  • Tambourine dance Op. 327, No. 37
  • With song and mirth Op. 153
  • Birds in the Wood Op. 311
  • Give me thy soul
  • The Hunters
  • Largo ma non troppo
  • Praeludium
  • Happy and gay Op. 99
  • Cheerfulness Op. 254, No. 2
  • In a gondola Op. 254, No. 3
  • Murmuring brook
  • Liebchens garten
  • Trutzliedchen Song of Scorn
  • When the Lilacs Bloom
  • Soft Falls the Dew Op. 326, No. 5
  • My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
  • Canzona Romanze in F Op. 314, No. 1
  • Serenade in D
  • Lord, Hear My Cry
  • Intermezzo Bagetelle No. 3
  • Album Leaf No. 8
  • Drei Lieder fur Eine Singstimme mit pianoforte begleitung Op. 356, No. 1
  • Drei Lieder fur Eine Singstimme mit pianoforte begleitung Op. 356, No. 2
  • Drei Lieder fur Eine Singstimme mit pianoforte begleitung Op. 356, No. 3
  • The Butterfly Op. 302, No. 3
  • Entreaty Op. 318, No. 1
  • In the Spring
  • Solace in Sorrow
  • Canzona
  • Landler
  • Madrigal
  • Happy Wanderers Op. 327, No. 28
  • Rustic Dance
  • Salon Mazurka Op. 259, No. 2
  • Anatolian Serenade
  • One Short Half Hour
  • Mein Gluck
  • Tripping O’er the Hill
  • Zwei Lieder Op. 356, No. 1
  • Zwei Lieder Op. 356, No. 2
  • The Vow
  • In a Year
  • Away to Heaven
  • Among the Roses
  • Fragrant Rose Op. 327, No. 17
  • Gentle Breeze Op. 327, No. 26
  • Fadette Op. 327, No. 45
  • The Vivandiere
  • Polacca Birllante Op. 222
  • Lyric Suite Prologue Op. 358, No. 1
  • Lyric Suite Fairies Song Op. 358, No. 2
  • Lyric Suite Love’s Strain Op. 358, No. 3
  • Lyric Suite Venetian Barcarolle Op. 358, No. 4
  • Lyric Suite Song of Spinning Maiden Op. 358, No. 5
  • Lyric Suite A Song of Fancy Op. 358, No. 6
  • A Short Memory No. 141
  • Polonaise (for four hands)
  • Invocation No. 1
  • Tone Sketches No. 2
  • Tone Sketches Ball Scene No. 3
  • Tone Sketches Melodie No. 4
  • Tone Sketches Valse Noble No. 5
  • Tone Sketches Das Spinnrad No. 6
  • Die Vorsichtige
  • Gipsy Mazurka Op. 102
  • By the Mountain Spring
  • Fair Ellen Op. 327, No. 18
  • Sylvana Op. 357, No. 1
  • Alicia Op. 357, No 2
  • Brise printaniere Op. 357, No. 3
  • Glissando Mazurka Op. 259, No. 2
  • Carl Bohn Album of 13 Pieces for the Pianoforte
  • Chapel in the Wood Op. 327, No. 7
  • Mutterherz Op. 256, No. 3
  • By the Elder Tree
  • How to Make Verses
  • 12 Instructive Sketches for Violin and Piano
  • Calm as the Night Op. 29, No. 3
  • Album Leaf Op. 187, No. 1
  • Arioso Op. 187, No. 3
  • Cradle Song No. 2 Op. 250a
  • Charge of the Uhlans Op. 213
  • The Kitten
  • What is Love
  • Was Man Gern Spielt Op. 361, No. 1
  • Promenade Op. 360, No. 1
  • Catch Me Op. 360, No. 2
  • Abide With Me
  • Gavotte Op. 314, No. 3
  • Joyfulness Op. 360, No. 7
  • Novellete No. 11 (for violin and piano)
  • Ungarischer Tanz No. 12 (for violin and piano)
  • Full of Delight
  • Walzer Etude No. 10
  • Thousand of Things
  • The Dew is Falling Op. 326, No. 5
  • Entreaty
  • My Joy
  • Still as the Night OP. 326, No. 27
  • Thine
  • Mazurka Caprice Op. 347, No. 2
  • Three in All Op. 326, No. 12
  • Polacca Brilliante in A flat Op. 222
  • Himmelsreise in E flat No. 1
  • Der Muh’ in B flat No. 1
  • Vierblattriger Klee in B flat No. 1
  • Wiedersch’n in D No. 1
  • Six Moreaux de Salon No. 1
  • Tripping Feet Op. 327, No. 5
  • Geburstags Musik Op. 250
  • Bolero Op. 311, No. 3
  • Polonaise de Concert Op. 153
  • Au Clair de la Lune Op. 347, No. 7
  • Dance on the Green Op. 185, No. 3
  • A La Valse Op. 301
  • To My Star Op. 302
  • Evening Song Op. 302
  • La Grace Op. 302
  • Caressing Butterfly Op. 282
  • At the Spinning Wheel Op. 302, No. 1
  • By the Mountain Spring Op. 327, No. 2
  • Fadette Op. 327, No. 45
  • Golden Shower
  • Love’s Greeting Op. 327, No. 4
  • Murmuring Spring Op. 327, No. 8
  • The Smuggler’s Op. 125
  • Clochettes d’argest Op. 371, No. 3
  • Silver Stars Mazurka
  • Infinite Love
  • To My Star Op. 302
  • Song of the Spinning Maiden Op. 358, No. 5
  • Silver Stars Op. 327, No. 3
  • The Dispatch Bearer
  • Zur Parade
  • Monna Vanna Op. 376
  • Pierrot Et Colombine Op. 372
  • Still as the Night Op. 326, No. 27
  • La Varsovienne Op. 372
  • Gracefulness Op. 362
  • Arm in Arm Op. 362
  • Au Soir Op. 366
  • Sounds from the Ball Op. 362
  • Csikos et Bohemienne Op. 372, No. 3
  • Farewell to Naples Op. 258
  • Vacation Time Op. 362, No. 7
  • Mandolin Serenade
  • Estella Op. 366, No. 8
  • The Maiden’s Dream
  • Sequidilla Op. 327, No. 14
  • Bohm Album
  • In a Night of Spring Op. 375
  • Christmas Op. 374, No. 5
  • The Smugglers Bride Op. 125
  • By the Fountain Op. 252
  • Harlequin Polka Op. 331, No. 6
  • Soldiers are Coming Op. 362, No. 1
  • Throwing Kisses Op. 327, No. 4