Carl Warmuth

Carl Warmuth (1844-1895)
Typical popular cover 1880
Typical cover (1886)



Originally founded by Gottlob Friedrich Warmuth (1811-1892), a horn-player from Thuringia, in 1843 in Christiania (Oslo), Warmuth expanded to music publishing in 1851. In 1861, Warmuth's son Carl (1844-1895) began working for the firm (eventually taking it over entirely in 1874), and in the subsequent years its size and influence increased greatly. During this period, Warmuth acquired its competitors H. Neupert, W. Lindorff & Co., A.M. Hanche, and Edvard Winther. After the 1895 death of Warmuth Jr., the firm was taken over by his widow and managed by Oluv By, who later started his own firm Oluf By's Musikforlag. In 1900, it was sold to a Swedish bank, and the management was taken over by Olav Sørbye in 1903.

In 1908, Carl Warmuth's Oslo branch was purchased by Brødrene Hals, a piano builder and concert promoter, and its Copenhagen branch was bought by Wilhelm Hansen. On 1 January 1909, these two entities were merged to form Norsk Musikforlag.

Warmuth published the works of many notable Norwegian composers, including Agathe Backer Grondahl, Johan Svendsen, Erika Stang, Adolf Hansen, Friedrich August Reissiger, Halfdan Kjerulf, and Christian Cappelen.

Its most successful work was Svendsen's Romance (1881), one of the most popular violin pieces of the late 19th c, equal in popularity to Sinding's piano piece Rustle of Spring (Peters, 1896).


  • Carl Warmuths Musikforlag

Plate Numbers

C.W. ###

Plate Composer Work Year
0238 Olsen Spindevise, Op.1 1877
0239 Olsen 4 Småstykker, Op.4
0335 Bull The Herdgirl's Sunday (arr. for string orchestra) 1879
0371 Olsen 4 Skizzer, Op.9
0601 Olsen Humoreske, Op.16 No.2
0759 Svendsen Romance, Op.26 (pf with flute or violin) 1881
0764–66 Backer-Grøndahl 6 Etudes de concert, Op.11 (nos.1-3) 1881
0980 Teilman Grande Marche, Op.100 1884
1000 Various Jubilaeum-Album 1886
1132 Svendsen Fest-Polonaise, Op.12 (full score) 1886
1201–04 Backer-Grøndahl 4 Sketches, Op.19 1886
1311–15 Backer-Grøndahl Suite for Piano, Op.20 1887
1374 Backer-Grøndahl 3 Etudes, Op.22 1888
1378-82 Backer-Grøndahl 5 Songs, Op.23 1888
1420 Borgstrøm Klaverstykker, Op.3 1889
1457–62 Sinding 6 Tekster af Holger Drachman, Op.8 1889
1745 Halvorsen Suite for Violin and Piano (sc&pt) 1891
1886 Teilman Tyrihans Slåtten, Op.202 1893
2393–95 Borgstrøm 3 Klavierstücke, Op.10 1899
2591 Teilman Valse Rose 1902

Sources Consulted

  • 1. Michelsen, Kari. Carl Warmuth – utdypning.
Store Norske Leksikon, accessed 21 August 2011.

Authority control

  • VIAF (Warmuth, Carl 1811-)
  • VIAF (Warmuth, Carl, 1844-1895)