Balmer & Weber

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History

When Carl Heinrich Weber's marriage to a Jewish woman was frowned upon by the royal court at Koblenz, he thought it fitting to leave Germany. He came to America in 1834 and settled in St. Charles with his wife and family of five. At about the same time, [Gottfried] Charles Balmer left his home in Mühlhausen and moved to Philadelphia, finally arriving at St. Louis in 1836.

In 1840, Balmer married Therese Weber, their home subsequently becoming the center of the city's musical life and hosting the likes of Henri Vieuxtemps, Ole Bull and Louis Moreau Gottschalk. In 1848, in partnership with his brother-in-law, Balmer opened a music store at 141 Market Street.

Balmer & Weber found success from the start. They catered to the piano teacher and published innumerable pedagoglical pieces. The firm reprinted many of the easy operatic transcriptions of Czerny, Brunner, Beyer, Dorn, Spindler, and Burgmüller and "brilliant" operatic fantasies of Sydney Smith, Franz Liszt, Eugène Ketterer, and Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach.

Eventually, lack of efficient leadership brought about a let-down in publishing activity. The rise of Shattinger, Thiebes-Stierlin, and Val Reis resulted in a decline in music sales. In 1907 Balmer & Weber sold their catalogue to Leo Feist of New York.

Imprints, Agencies, Addresses

  • Balmer & Weber (1848-?)
  • Balmer & Weber Co. (1887-?)

Addresses

  • 141 Market Street (1848?-ca.1851)
  • 58 North 4th Street (1849-1857)
  • 56 North 4th Street (1857-ca.1867)
  • 209 North 5th Street (1867-ca.1869)
  • 206 North 5th Street (1869-?)
  • 311 North 5th Street (ca.1878-1884)
  • Broadway (1884-1888)
  • 209 North 4th Street (1888-1894)
  • 908 Olive Street (1894-1902)
  • 1109 Olive Street (?-1907)
  • 1004 Olive Street (1907)

Plate Numbers


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Balmer & Weber plate numbers were issued without a prefix, initially in an irregular and contradictory manner. The historian Ernst Christopher Krohn — who was working on an unfinished catalogue of the firm's plate numbers at the time of his retirement — asserts that in 1853, plate numbering became "reasonably regular and actually chronological."

The use of the same plate number for multiple compositions may have been due to carelessness. Dates in italics are estimated.

Plate Composer Work Year
00031 Balmer Concert Hall Cotillion 1848
00044 Labitzky Natalien-Walzer, Op.104 (arr. Balmer) 1850
00046 Anonymous Yankee Doodle 1850
00053 Draper, Charles St. Louis [Louisville]1 Grand March 1850
00061 Valentine Aria alla scozzese with Variations 1850
00062 Anonymous Bonaparte's Retreat (from Moscow) (arr. pf J. Schnell) 1850
00064 Bishop Home, Sweet Home (arr. gtr) 1850
00066 Anonymous The Land of Sweet Erin 1850
00071 Ransford, Edwin King of the Sea 1850
00075 Anonymous (The) Russian March 1850
00077 Shaw Bristol March 1850
00160 Balmer The Star I Love 1850
00163 Robyn, Henry Prairie Flower Waltz 1851
00164 Weber, Carl Gottwalt The Light of Thy Dark Eyes 1851
00168 Saunders, J.D. Wherefore Nellie Look so Lovely? 1851
00171 Lover The Angel's Whisper
Grobe Farewell! If Ever Fondest Prayer, Op.204 1851
00173 Hine Language of Love 1850
00176 Anonymous Bear Me Boatlet
Neukomm Gently Gliding
Balmer St. Louis Serenading Waltz 1848
00177 Balmer Concert Hall Cotillion, re-issue
Balmer Pacific Railroad Grand March
00180 Watson, Henry F. The Light of Thy Dark Eyes 1848
00187 Weber Fort Harrison March 1848
00238 Noth, Charles Iron Mountain March 1851
00246 Balmer Winter Evening Waltz 1852
00250 Postlewaite Iola Waltz (arr. pf Balmer) 1850
00252 Weber, C.G. Farewell! If Ever Fondest Prayer 1850
00254 Woodbury My Home's on the Prairie Lea 1850
00255 Weber, C.G. Montesano Polka 1850
00257 Balmer Wait for the Waggon 1851
00259 Fuchs, R. Centifolia Rondo [Rose] 1849
00260 Balmer The Star I Love 1850
00263 Balmer Serenading Polka with Variations 1850
00264 Clark, J.S. Here's the Bower She Loved so Much 1850
00265 Postlewaite Kasky Waltz (arr. pf Balmer) 1850
00269 Miquel, J.E. Alice 1850
00270 Weber Prairie Waltz 1850
00271 Postlewaite Galena Waltz (arr. pf Balmer) 1850
00274 Balmer Oh! Meet Me on the Silver Shore 1850
00275 Abt 7 Lieder aus dem Buche der Liebe, Op.39 (No.1, arr. v gtr C.G. Weber) (C major) 1850
00279 Hine Come Oe'r the Hills with Me 1851
00280 Postlewaite Geraldine's Dream Waltz (arr. pf Balmer) 1851
00282 Postlewaite Rock Island Waltz (arr. pf Balmer) 1851
00283 Weber Crève-cœur Polka 1851
00286 Xaupi, E.J. Reunion Polkas 1851
00288 Balmer St. Louis Serenading Waltz (arr. gtr) (A major) 1851
00289 Balmer Bavarian Schottisch with Variations 1851
00291 Weber Une bluette 1851
00292 Anonymous Iowa Quickstep (arr. Eck(h)ardt) 1851
00293 Rotschka Davenport Waltz 1851
00295 Balmer Octavia Schottisch 1851
00296 Balmer Berlin Gallop 1851
00299 Wogtech, J. Grapevine Polka 1851
00300 Haas, G. Carl I'll Roam the Dewy Bowers 1851
00301 Balmer Love's Dream 1851
00304 Weber Fort Harrison March, re-issue 1851
00309 Postlewaite Lewellyn Waltz 1851
00312 Rossington, Walter W. Jutie 1851
00315 Clark, J.S. The Old Farmer's Elegy 1850
00317 Balmer Pacific Schottisch 1851
00318 Amann 2 German Waltzes 1851
00319 Balmer Bavarian Schottisch with Variations (I. Theme, arr. gtr) 1851
00320 Anonymous Jacqueline Waltz (arr. pf Koehler) 1851
00322 Balmer Laclede Waltz 1849
00323 Anonymous Concert Hall Schottisch (arr. Koehler) 1852
00324 Balmer Original Cellarius Waltz 1852
00325 Krauss Eloise Waltz 1852
00341 Balmer I'll Roam the Dewy Bowers 1852
00343 Balmer Wait for the Waggon (arr. v ch gtr) 1851
00356 Balmer St. Louis Firemen's Parade March 1852
00365 Balmer Blue Beard Schottisch 1852
00372 Waldauer Kim-Ka 1852
00374 Hine Life's Seasons 1851
00423 Balmer St. Louis Grand March with Variations 1852
00449 Appy Deliciosa Schottisch 1853
00453 Anonymous The Switzer's Farewell (arr. Werner) 1852
00466 Balmer Katy Darling 1853
00476 Appy Elizabeth Polka 1853
00510 Balmer Katy Darling (arr. Nennstiel) 1853
00513 Rotschka Fairy Waltzes 1854
00522 Balmer Oh I Should Like to Marry 1853
00528 Anonymous You Ask Me if I Love You (arr. Nennstiel) 1854
00540 Woodbury She is Sleeping 1854
00547 Myers Palmetto Polka 1853
00553 Bishop Home, Sweet Home (arr. gtr), re-issue 1853
00850 Werner Montini Waltz 1856
00885 Werner Weasel Schottisch 1857
01382 Postlewaite, J.W. Home Circle Lancers (score?, parts)
01863 Eck(h)ardt, Gustavus (The) Aurora Polka, re-issue? 1850
01873 Hine The Mother's Requiem, re-issue? 1850
01879 Waldauer The Happy Days of Childhood, re-issue? 1850
02865 Zikoff Immer Fidel! Galopp, Op.62 1872
03689 Lange, Charles Marche funèbre 1885
03929 Werner, Henry Hero's Memorial March 1885
04185 Clifton Ecce Deus (arr. Lange) 1884
04302 Gabriel Nora Madaine 1884
04342 Goldner Ave Maria (sop/ten) 1884
04345 Vickers, Howard S. Karl's Lullaby 1884
04348 Percival(fal), Fred Dost Thou Remember (mez) 1884
04365 Daniel, J. Nathan When I Was a Little Kid 1885
04484 Mahler, Jacob A. Mahler's New Five-Step Waltz 1885
04490 Schlesinger, S. Ave Maria 1885
04494 Gavin, Mamie Eugenie-Trot 1885
04496 Martin She is Waiting at the Portal 1885
04498 Lange O Jesu, Deus magne 1885
04500 Meininger, J.C. Viola 1885
04502 Knaeble, Otto Come, Kiss Your Papa, Baby Boy 1885
04507 Cook, Franklin Grant's Funeral March 1885
04511 Schoen, I.L. Harmonie Harvard 1885
04512 Robyn Answer? 1885
04513 Pyne, Louisa Bodda Ottarita ("C.B." ed.) 1885
04521 Mori Why? 1885
04522 Meininger My Alpine Home 1885
04523 Neukomm, F.A. Lionel March 1885
04527 Drumheller No, You Don't 1885
04529 Werner Our Grant Has Passed Away 1885
04537 Owen, Benjamin In Memoriam of U.S. Grant 1885
04538 Genée Nanon ("Thy Name Shall Ring", arr. Werner) 1885
04539 Drumheller Bloom of Youth 1885
04540 Parker Laughing May 1885
04541 Millöcker Der Feldprediger ("March", arr. Werner) 1885
04543 Robyn Answer? (re-issue) 1885
04547 Vallo, Signor With Thee I Fain Would Be 1885
04549 Mendelssohn Paulus, Op.36 (18. Aria: "Gott, sei mir gnädig"; vocal score, Whitney ed.) 1885
04552 Owen The Iron Mask 1885
04553 Gounod Le Roi d'amour est mon pasteur (rev. ed. for v pf) 1885
04555 Meininger Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah 1885
04556 Anonymous Hendrick's Funeral March (arr. Lange) 1885
04603 Giannetti, Maurizio G. Bright Dreams, Farewell 1886
04650 Schoen If I Were You 1887
04679 Dresser The Outcast 1887
04686 Davis, E.C. Lincoln's Grove 1887
04753 Ebert, Nellie S. Twinkling Star Waltz 1888
04592 Robyn Answer? (v crt pf - rev. ed.?) 1889
04798 Robyn Arcadia the Beautiful 1889

Sources Consulted

  1. Ernst Christopher Krohn and J. Bunker Clark, Music Publishing in St. Louis (Harmonie Park Press, 1988).

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