Bohm, Carl

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Karl (Carl) Bohm, Born in September of 1844 in Berlin, Germany, was most known for being a composer and back in his days, a pianist. Not to be confused with Joseph Böhm (1788-1846), the violin teacher of multiple top musicians including Ernst Heinrich, Hubay, Joachim, and Jakob Dont.

He studied with Carl Albert Löschhorn (Once a student of August Wilhelm Bach), August Friedrich Wilhelm Reissmann (An avid music writer and compiler as well as composer), and Flodoard Geyer (composer, music theorist, critic, and professor in Berlin). It is fitting to call his style of composition ‘Salon Music’, or music that is most fit for a small setting, or the ‘drawing-room’ rather than a concert hall. It is considered of not as high quality and not requiring much attention. It is written to please the audience without necessarily being trivial or unworthy. (more on Salon Music.

Additional resource on Salon Music and its meaning.

Additional composers known for writing Salon Music include Isaac Albeniz (ex: tango), Henri Wieniawski (ex: polonaise in D), Homer Barlett, Ignace Xavier Leybach, and Hector Berlioz.

Bohm dedicated his Konzertstuck Op. 335 in D in 1886, to Italian violinist Maddalena Maria Teresa Tua, A winner of the Grand Prix who performed with Sergei Rachmaninoff in Russia.

Meditation in C# minor, op.296 (“Meditation über das Adagio aus der 'Mondschein-Sonate' von Beethoven”), to concertmaster Heinrich de Ahna, a piece based on the first movement of Beethoven‘s moonlight sonata: