Monday, March 19, 2012

Böhme Sextet

Chicago Chamber Brass

Today we studied the Sextet in E flat minor, Op 30 by Oskar Böhme which was written in 1906.

Here is a link to the Chicago Chamber Musicians page, where you can hear recordings of two live performances. The musicians are:

Barbara Butler, Trumpet
Charles Geyer , Trumpet
Robert Singer , Trumpet
Gail Williams , Horn
James Campbell , Trombone
Gene Pokorny , Tuba

Biography of Oskar Böhme, from Oxford Music Online:

(b Potschappel, nr Dresden, 24 Feb 1870; d ?Chkalov, Ural region, ?1938). German cornettist and composer. He is thought to have trained with his father, Heinrich Wilhelm Böhme (b 1843), a music teacher, and from 1885 he toured as a soloist. From 1894 to 1896 he played in the orchestra at the Royal Hungarian Opera House, Budapest. Between 1896 and 1897 he studied composition with Jadassohn at the Leipzig Conservatory. He then moved to St Petersburg, playing in the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra from 1897 to 1921, teaching in a musical college on Vasilyevskiy Island from 1921 to 1930, and playing in the Leningrad Drama Theatre orchestra from 1930 to 1934. Like many people of German origin, he was banished by Stalin to Chkalov (now Orenburg) and taught at a music school there from 1936 to 1938. The year of his death is uncertain; one eyewitness claims to have seen him at hard labour on the Turkmenian Channel in 1941. He composed 46 known works with opus numbers, including a lavishly Romantic concerto in E minor op.18 for trumpet in A (1899), which has remained in the repertory.

Edward H. Tarr. "Böhme, Oskar." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. 19 Mar. 2012 <>.

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