information about Johann C. Schmid's "Marie Louka" music
compilation and most MIDI sequences by John McDonnell
sheet music from the collection of Lewis J. Thomas Jr., a grandson of Johann C. Schmid
piano roll MIDI presentations from the collection of Frank L. Himpsl
SM = sheet music, MS = manuscript, red font indicates that sheet music or piano rolls are unavailable
41 compositions and incomplete manuscripts by "Marie Louka" (1901-1941)
There is an explanation why only the first two compositions by "Marie Louka" were copyrighted in that name. That pseudonym
was derived from the name of Schmid's first wife, Marie Louise Kaekel, whom he married in 1902, and who died in 1903.
18 compositions published in Philadelphia (1901-1908)
all published by H. A. Weymann & Son Inc. except for the two by World Publishing Company
1901 Japanese Fire Dance characteristic SM © Marie Louka
dedication: "my dear friend Mrs. Jenny Reinhard, New Ulm, Minn."
1902 Flowers of Youth caprice by A. C. Weymann and Johann C. Schmid SM © Johann C. Schmid
dedication: "our little friends Herbert and Power"
A MS of this piece listed as a composer "Marie Louka", later erased and replaced with "Johann C. Schmid".
1902 The Rajah march and two-step SM © Marie Louka 1902 recording by Sousa's Band, Arthur Pryor conducting
dedication: "my friend Mr. Frank L. Hagner"
1903 Cupid's Dart idylle SM © Johann C. Schmid
dedication: "my esteemed friend Mr. William H. Doerr"
1903 Karmara African bolo dance SM © World Publishing Company
dedication: "Miss Gussie Brock, Phila., Pa." In 1903 Johann C. Schmid married Augusta Brock.
1904 A Silent Prayer (Ein Stilles Gebet) reverie SM © Johann C. Schmid
dedication: "my sisters Pauline and Emily" Pauline and Emily were Augusta Brock Schmid's sisters.
1904 Daisies song (text by Richard C. Dillmore) SM © Johann C. Schmid
dedication: "my friend Mr. Frank L. Hagner"
1904 Dance of the Snowflakes (Tanz der Schneeflocken) characteristic SM © Johann C. Schmid
dedication: "my esteemed friend Mr. George A. Bach"
1904 The Fadette march and two-step SM © World Publishing Company piano roll
dedication: "Mrs. Caroline B. Nichols, Director of the Fadettes of Boston"
1904 The North American march and two-step SM © Johann C. SchmidThe North American was a Philadelphia newspaper.
1905 Dance of the Dewdrops (Tanz der Thauperlen) characteristic SM © Johann C. Schmid
dedication: "my esteemed friend Mr. J. C. Burns"
1905 Fire and Flame (Feuer und Flamme) march and two-step SM © Johann C. Schmid piano roll
dedication: "my esteemed friend Mr. J. W. Walsh"
1905 Fleeting Hours reverie SM © Johann C. Schmid
dedication: "my esteemed friend Dr. Geo. E. Dahis"
1905 The Hour of Prayer (Die Stunde des Gebet's) reverie SM © Johann C. Schmid
dedication: "Frau Johanna Lins Achtungsvoll gewidmet"
1906 Birds and Breezes waltzes SM © H. A. Weymann & Son Inc.
dedication: "Mrs. Herbert E. Aldrich"
1906 The Captain General march and two-step SM © H. A. Weymann & Son Inc.
dedication: "Sir Norbert Whitley C.G. Kensington Commandry No.54 K.T."
1907 Phasma shadow dance SM © H. A. Weymann & Son Inc.
dedication: "Mr. G. H. Yerger"
1908 Ocean Spray mazurka caprice SM © H. A. Weymann & Son Inc.
dedication: "My little friend Miss Marion Davis"
5 compositions published by Whitney Warner (1912)
1912 Cap and Gown march SM © Whitney Warner Pub. Co., Detroit, Mich. piano roll
1912 Dance of the Toys (Puppentanz) characteristic SM © Whitney Warner Pub. Co., Detroit, Mich. Dorothea and Margaretta were Schmid's daughters.
dedication: "Dorothea and Margaretha"
1912 Dancing Dolls waltz SM © Whitney Warner Pub. Co., Detroit, Mich.
1912 Mission Bells tone poem SM © Whitney Warner Pub. Co., Detroit, Mich.
1912 Sunset on the Ocean reverie SM © Whitney Warner Pub. Co., Detroit, Mich.
4 Rose Valley piano rolls (1924-1925)
1924 Victorious Peace march
1925 Mother's Lullaby songs MS . MIDI (not the piano roll recording)
1925 Songs for Childhood Games
1925 The Arrival of Santa Claus (In Story and Song)
4 compositions published in Australia (1939)
1939 Damask Rose nocturne SM © W. H. Paling & Co., Ltd., Sydney, Australia
published with a reprint of "Dance of the Dewdrops"
1939 Dance of the Fireflies dance SM © W. H. Paling & Co., Ltd., Sydney, Australia
published with a reprint of "A Silent Prayer"
1939 Dancing Shadows dance SM © W. H. Paling & Co., Ltd., Sydney, Australia
published with a reprint of "Ocean Spray"
1939 Thoughts at Sunset reverie SM © W. H. Paling & Co., Ltd., Sydney, Australia
published with a reprint of "Fleeting Hours"
8 wartime compositions (1941)
1941 Beyond the Twilight's Purple Glow song (text by Helen Martin) MS
four MSS, only the earliest of which has "Marie Louka" as composer
1941 Chins Up America march MS
two MSS, one dated Feb. 1941, the other with "Marie Louka" crossed out, replaced with Johann C. Schmid
1941 Flowers From the Dust song (text by Dorothy Elder) © Mills Music Inc., New York 1940 MS .
1940 recording by Ralph Elsmore . 1940 recording by Waring's Pennsylvanians
1941 On Kailua's Shore song (text by Helen Martin) MS
1941 The War Correspondent march MS
1941 untitled 1 song MS
two MSS by "Marie Louka", one undated, the other with "1941" on the first page, which is crossed out
1941 untitled 2 song MS
complete MS dated Jan. 1941 with Johann C. Schmid as composer, incomplete undated MS with "Marie Louka"
1941 We're Standing By America song (text by Helen Martin) MS
2 incomplete manuscripts (1905, 1941)
piano rolls of "Marie Louka" compositions, arrangements, and performances
sold by Melville Clark Piano Co. in 1905 The Rajah
sold by Chase & Baker Piano Co. Cupid's Dart
sold by Pianostyle of Brooklyn, N.Y. Dance of the Snowflakes (46030)
sold by John Church Co. in 1911 The Captain General (4400)
sold by Herbert Co. in 1914 The Rajah In 1917 the Herbert Co. was sold to the Rose Valley Music Co.
sold by Globe Co. in 1919 Birds and Breezes . Cupid's Dart . Dance of the Dewdrops . Fire and Flame . Ocean Spray
sold by Rose Valley Music Co. The Captain General (Ideal 1177) . Ocean Spray (Ideal 1192) .
Japanese Fire Dance (Ideal 1202) . Birds and Breezes (Ideal 1216)
sold in 1917 The North Americansold in 1924 Cupid's Dart . Fire and Flame . Victorious Peace
"Marie Louka" arrangements sold by Rose Valley Music Co. in 1925
Mother's Lullaby Songs . Songs for Childhood Games . The Arrival of Santa Claus (In Story and Song)
an Ideal Word Roll played by "Marie Louka""George Stevens" was a pseudonym of Frederic J. A. Forster (1878-1956).
Moon Winks (1904) by "George Stevens" (Ideal 01156) SM . MIDI (not the piano roll recording)
some information in The Music Trade Review
NEW YORK, 1904, June 25.
Johann C. Schmid, the well-known Philadelphia composer, has just written and is about to publish a new ballad
entitled "Daisies," for which Richard C. Dillmore is the author of the words.
When "Daisies" was published in 1904 by Weymann & Son of Philadelphia, "Marie Louka" was listed as the
NEW YORK, 1912, January 13. Compare this entry with that for 1912 April 6.
A new company, to be known as the Whitney-Warner Co., has just been formed as a subsidiary to Jerome
H. Remick & Co., the prominent music publishers, and for the purpose of publishing teaching pieces, or, as it is
expressed, to be "publishers of teaching specialties." The efforts of the new company will be devoted entirely to
the publishing of instrumental numbers and the supervision of that branch of the business will be in the hands of
Johann C. Schmid, who has had much experience in that department of the publishing business. When plans
were first made for the publishing of the teaching piece specialties the Remick house began a quiet search for
writers of unusual ability from which to build up a suitable staff and as a result the following have been signed up
in connection with the new enterprise: Marie Louka, Franz Von Falkenburg, Dorma St. John, Clayton Hallowell,
Margaret Eldon, Carl Heinrich Leonhardi and Paul A. Embrock. These names would appear to offer a guarantee
that the new edition will possess much merit. The first issues of the Whitney-Warner Co. include "Mission
Bells," "Cap and Gown" "Sunset on the Ocean," "Dance of the Toys" and "Dancing Dolls," all of them by
Marie Louka, and "Twilight Shadows," by Franz Von Falkenburg.
All seven "writers of unusual ability" listed were pseudonyms of Johann C. Schmid. The reference to
"Twilight Shadows" is a confused conflation of two composition titles by "Franz Von Falkenberg",
"Twilight on the Water" (1907) and "Silvery Shadows" (1912).
NEW YORK, 1912, January 27.
Marie Louka, the prominent composer of music especially adapted to teaching purposes, has signed a contract
to write exclusively for the Whitney-Warner Co., the organization of which, as a subsidiary to J. H. Remick &
Co., was recently noted in The Review.
NEW YORK, 1912, March 2. This refers to the letter dated December 15, 1911.
J. H. Remick & Co. has just published a letter received from Marie Louka, the prominent composer who has
joined the staff of the Whitney-Warner Co., and forwarded to that company together with the manuscript of
NEW YORK, 1912, April 6. Compare this entry with that for 1912 January 13.
The Whitney-Warner Co.'s edition of teaching music, which has met with a cordial reception on the part of
dealers and teachers on account of the high quality of the music offered and the attractive manner in
which it is presented, is being constantly strengthened by the addition of new numbers by composers of
recognized ability. Among the recent additions to the Whitney-Warner list are "Awakening of the Soul," a
brilliant piano solo by Dorma St. John; "Dance of the Woodbird," mazurka-caprice, by Carl Heinrich
Leonhardi; "Autumn Glow," a reverie, by Clayton Hallowell, and "Drumsticks," a clever characteristic
march by Paul E. Embrock.
NEW YORK, 1912, May 11.
The Whitney-Warner Publishing Co. is meeting with continued success with its line of piano compositions,
especially designed for the use of teachers and students. The number for which there has been the strongest
demand are "Mission Bells," the captivating descriptive tone poem by Marie Louka, and the "Awakening of
the Soul," a meditation brilliante, by Dorma St. John. The Whitney-Warner edition is being enlarged slowly
but surely, no title being added to the catalog until its worth and fitness has been proven.
A 1939 copyright renewal of "Awakening of the Soul" indicated that "Dorma St. John" was a pseudonym
of Johann C. Schmid.
NEW YORK, 1913, March 1.
Johann C. Schmid states that the Whitney-Warner Co. edition of teaching music has been adopted by over
forty convents, seminaries for girls and other institutions where the piano is taught. Mr. Schmid will shortly
take a trip to Baltimore and Washington for the purpose of interesting teachers and the trade in those cities
in the edition, which has proven so successful during its first year. A recent addition to the Whitney-Warner
staff of composers is Elizabeth K. Peal, a composer and teacher of note in Philadelphia, whose first number,
a waltz, "Thoughts of Spring," has been well received, and who is preparing other numbers for publication.
A 1940 copyright renewal of "Thoughts of Spring" indicated that "Elizabeth K. Peall" was a pseudonym
of Johann C. Schmid.
NEW YORK, 1914, October 24.
THE REVIEW HEARS... THAT Sam Speck and Johann Schmid, both formerly connected with Remick & Co.,
have formed a partnership for publishing music in New York under the name of the Cosmopolitan Music Co.
PHILADELPHIA, PA., 1915, June 23.
Weymann & Sons, who have been active as publishers for a number of years, have sold their copyrights and
plates of the famous Marie Louka selections to Volkwein Bros., Pittsburgh. These include the popular sellers
"Silent Prayer" and "Dance of the Dew Drops." There were twelve other numbers. They will discontinue the
publishing of music, as the manufacturing end and the Victrola business has increased so rapidly that it has
compelled them to devote all their attention to these lines.
This and the following entry would seem to indicate that the song "Daisies", published by Weymann in 1904,
was not included in the sale of 14 "Marie Louka" compositions in 1915.
PITTSBURGH, PA., 1915, October 5.
The sheet music section of Volkwein Bros., 516 Smithfield street, reports that the Marie Louka compositions,
purchased recently from Weymann & Sons, Philadelphia, are selling big. They consist of fourteen semi-classical
compositions for the piano, and were originally published by Weymann & Sons, who have sold the entire rights
to Volkwein Bros.
NEWARK, N. J., 1917, April 16.
The spendidly equipped plant of the Herbert Co., which it will be remembered recently retired from the
business of manufacturing music rolls in this city, has been sold to the Rose Valley Co., of Media, Pa. The
entire music cutting machinery in the Herbert plant is now being shipped this week to the Rose Valley Co.
and placed in their factory in Media.
NEW YORK, 1917, April 21.
One of the prominent figures in the world of popular music a very few years ago was Johann C. Schmid, who as
a member of the organization of Jerome H. Remick & Co., composed a number of distinctly popular songs and
instrumental selections, among them being the hit: "Garden of Dreams." Mr. Schmid also shone as a composer
and compiler of teaching editions, his thorough knowledge of music well qualifying him for that work. Sometime
ago Mr. Schmid dropped out of sight of his friends in the sheet music trade, and beyond the announcement that
he was engaged in other pursuits near his home city, Philadelphia, his later activities were unknown to many.
The Review scout has discovered Mr. Schmid doing mighty well in another line of the music trade. In other
words, instead of composing music he now sells it in the shape of music rolls, being general manager of the
Rose Valley Co., successful music roll manufacturers in Media, Pa. Mr. Schmid is therefore supporting the
interests of his friends among the music publishers and composers by providing additional royalties for
mechanical reproduction rights. He declares that selling music rolls has some advantage over composing for
the fickle public.
The reference to "Garden of Dreams" is a confused conflation of two song titles by Johann C. Schmid,
"The Garden of Roses" (1909) and "The Vale of Dreams" (1910).
NEW YORK, 1917, June 30.
The affairs of the company are under the direction of a live force. C. Schoen Johnson, president of the company,
is constantly working along lines that will insure its development. G. H. Rimmington, expert accountant and
executive, is secretary and treasurer of the company, and Johann C. Schmid, in charge of the selling end, is in
addition to being a competent salesman, an expert musician and composer, and thoroughly acquainted with the
music business through long association with prominent music publishing houses, among them being J. H.
Remick & Co., New York.
MEDIA, PA., 1917, December 3.
The plant of the Rose Valley Co. has been materially enlarged recently to take care of the growing demand
for the company's rolls, and the departments have been rearranged under the direction of Johann C. Schmid,
vice-president of the company, in order to eliminate lost motion and speed up production.
PHILADELPHIA, PA., 1919, January 28.
The Rose Valley Co., who during the past few years have manufactured Ideal music rolls at Media, Pa., and
have built up a substantial business with that line, are now carrying on plans to move their plant to this city and
to triple the output of their rolls, the demands for which have for a long time exceeded the available supply.
The company has leased a large building at Fifty-fifth and Hunter streets, with a floor space of 48,000 square
feet, and equipped with a complete power plant and other modern features. Arrangements have been made to
move the entire plant from Media to Philadelphia late in February, and to be turning out rolls in the new factory
well before March 1.
PHILADELPHIA, PA., 1919, April 21.
The Rose Valley Co. is now located in its new and commodious factory building at Fifty-fifth street and Hunter
avenue, this city, to which the company removed from Media some weeks ago. The new plant provides for a
very substantial increase in output, of which full advantage is being taken at this particular time. The arranging
department is under the direction of Ellis Linder, who was formerly connected with several well-known music
NEW YORK, 1919, August 30.
Johann C. Schmid, who in years agone composed many songs and instrumental numbers that have ranked as
big hits, has entered the ranks of jazz artists, and is responsible for the melody of a new number, "That
Heavenly Jazz" (The Religious Blues), which is to be produced as a word roll by the Rose Valley Music Co.,
Philadelphia, of which Mr. Schmid is now general manager.
Lakewood, N. J., Dec. 15, 1911.
Whitney Warner Company,
131 West Forty-first Street,
GentlemenI am sending you with this the last of the five teaching pieces that I promised to write this year. I
have named it "Mission Bells."
The theme, and in fact the whole composition, came to me as an inspiration while traveling through California for
my health two years ago. I traveled most of the time in stage coaches, of which there are still many left between
San Diego and San Francisco. I saw the ruins of many of the old missions, which one hundred years ago were a
refuge and a home for the worn traveler, who could stay as long as he wished and pay what he could afford and
when he went away took the blessings of the Monks, those men of God who sacrificed their lives for mankind in a
country which was inhabited mostly by lawless Spaniards and Mexicans. While almost all of these buildings are in
a ruined state now, I was very much impressed with the bells, which in four or five missions still remained. These
bells were formerly rung at night to guide lost travelers.
One day while making a trip on horseback to the foot of a range of mountains with my companion and a guide we
lost our way. It was late in the afternoon when we discovered this fact. While wondering what to do, we heard the
chiming of sweet bellsthree in number, we judged from the soundand following this, to us most welcome
sound, we came upon an Ursuline convent, situated in a most beautiful natural park in the foothills of a long
range of mountains. As we came close we could hear the soft tones of an organ and the singing of the nuns. It was
vesper time, and I was so deeply impressed with the beautiful scene that I forgot the predicament we were in. We
reined up our horses and stopped until the chanting was over, and the whole scene made such an impression upon
me that I resolved to embody it, just as it then impressed me, in a musical composition.
This I have since done, and I am submitting the manuscript to you under these conditions, that it be named
"Mission Bells," and that a short description of this event in my life be inscribed upon every copy. Kindly send
contracts and any other communications to my home in Philadelphia.
Lewis J. Thomas Jr.'s analysis of this "Marie Louka" letter
14 piano compositions sold in 1915 by Weymann & Son to Volkwein Bros.