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date: 29 February 2020

Balmer & Weber Music Houselocked

  • Ernst C. Krohn


American firm of music publishers. Charles Balmer (b Mühlhausen, Sept 21, 1817; d St Louis, Dec 15, 1892) and Carl Heinrich Weber (b Koblenz, March 3, 1819; d Denver, Sept 6, 1892) left Germany for the USA in the 1830s; Balmer became an organist and conductor, Weber a cellist, and their early compositions were published in the eastern USA. In 1848 they entered into partnership and opened a shop in St Louis, publishing a variety of popular marches and various piano pieces including Balmer's own arrangements of popular titles. Charles Balmer was so prolific that he adopted a number of pseudonyms, including Charles Remlab, T. van Berg, Alphonse Leduc, Charles Lange, Henry Werner, August Schumann, T. Mayer and F.B. Ryder. Gradually the firm absorbed most of its competitors including Nathaniel Phillips, James & J.R. Phillips, H.A. Sherburne, H. Pilcher & Sons, W.M. Harlow, Cardella & Co. and Compton & Doan; by the end of the century it had an exceptionally large and flourishing business....

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