In the 1780s, after an apprenticeship with Breitkopf in Leipzig, Johann August Böhme (1766-1847) founded a music store (“Sortiments-Musikalienhandlung’’ ) in his home town of Hamburg. The idea was a bold one, because in those days most scores circulated in manuscript copies. His first successes as publisher were the vocal scores of „Così fan tutte” (ed. Eb. Müller) and other Mozart operas. He is also well known for publishing 14 different settings of Schiller’s Ode „An die Freude.“
In the Biedermeier period (1815-1848) Böhme published many operas by Louis Spohr, Andreas Romberg, and also works by local composers such as Hermann Berens. The catalog grew apace throughout the century (1,000 entries in Hofmeister's Monatsberichte in the period 1830-1900), covering a wide range of genres, from dance music, piano music and songs to arrangements and editions of the classics, and string works by Sebastian Lee and Goby Eberhardt. However, as important as publishing was, Boehme’s lending library was an equally important business, growing to 300,000 items by 1887.
In 1839 Böhme’s son took over the business, and managed it for nearly 50 years, finally selling it to August Cranz in 1887, who continued to use the imprint.
Incidentally, a Johann August Böhme retail book and music store still operates at Johnsallee 23, 20148 Hamburg.
J.A. Böhme of Hamburg should not be confused with Anton Böhm of Augsburg, which operated at the same time.
|411||Schindelmeisser||Sonate héroïque, Op.8||1848|
|475||Schindelmeisser||Piano Sonata No.2, Op.23||1850|
|2448||Kuhlau||3 Flute Trios, Op.86 (No.1 parts)|
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