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 = unavailable sheet music or piano rolls

Johann C. Schmid (1870-1951)

list of compositions
timeline of compositions
1948 WWDC radio interview

13 compositions by Johann C. Schmid

(1888) Greetings of Spring "dedicated to Miss Mamie Kaekel" SM
_______Miss Mamie Kaekel's full name was Marie Louise Kaekel.
(1905) The Baseball March march and two-step SM
(1906) The Challenger march and two-step SM piano roll
(1909) Moon-Bird an Indian love song SM
(1909) The Garden of Roses song SM 1910 recording
_______string trio sequenced by Lewis J. Thomas Jr. SM
(1910) The Garden of Roses Waltzes SM
(1911) The Hour That Gave Me You song SM 1911 recording
(1911) The Whirlwind concert galop SM
(1912) Perle de Perse valse orientelle SM
(1913) If I Could Only Make You Care song SM 1914 recording
_______string trio edited & sequenced by Lewis J. Thomas Jr. SM
_______1980 recording by Mike Berry
(1914) Roses Remind Me of Someone song SM old recording
(1919) That Heavenly Jazz song SM piano roll
(1947) The Old Homestead song MS 1947 WWDC radio broadcast

pseudonyms of Johann C. Schmid

On page 4 of a manuscript of the 1941 song "On Kailua's Shore" is
this inscription, in Johann C. Schmid's handwriting, indicating that
for the previous 40 years he had been using "Marie Louka" as a
pseudonym. The words in the lower left corner are "nom de plume
of," which mean "pseudonym of."

Other pseudonyms of Johann C. Schmid,
exposed through copyright renewals and ASCAP listings:

Carl Heinrich Leonhardi
derived from the names of Schmid's brother, Karl Heinrich Schmid,
and Karl's son Leonhard
(1912) Dance of the Woodbird mazurka caprice SM

Clayton Hallowell
(1907) Sunset reverie SM
(1907) Will the New Love Be the True Love song
(1908) Primrose, Good-bye song SM
(1910) When the Candle Lights are Gleaming song SM
(1912) Autumn Glow reverie SM

Dorma St. John
(1912) Awakening of the Soul meditation-brilliante SM

Elizabeth K. Peall
(1913) Thoughts of Spring waltz SM

Franz von Falkenberg
(1907) Twilight on the Water idylle SM
(1912) Silvery Shadows idylle SM

George Gordon Meade
(1908) Footlight Flashes march SM piano roll

Gire Goulineaux
(1914) Kaloma valse hesitante SM

J. Caldwell Atkinson
(1910) If Anyone Wants a Sweetheart song
(1910) Though Your Lips Belong To Others song
(1911) By the Light of the Jungle Moon song SM
(1912) Don't Drop a Quarter in the Meter song SM
(1912) No Girl Can Take My Old Girl's Place song SM
(1912) Under the Big September's Moon song 1912 recording
(1913) I Wonder Why It's Always You song
(1913) Sweet Savannah Sue song SM
(1915) She Had No Mother To Guide Her song SM
(1940) Someone's Sorry song MS 1940 recording

Margaret Eldon
derived from the name of Schmid's mother: Eliza Margaretha Don
(1906) Flickering Shadows reverie SM

Paul A. Embrock
derived from the names of sisters-in-law: Pauline and Emily Brock
(19??) College Colors march
(1912) Drumsticks characteristic march SM piano roll

S. Casper Johann
derived from Schmid's full name: Johann Casper Schmid
(1899) National Export Exposition march SM

Willis Richfield
(1914) Fight With Tommy in the Trenches song SM

41 compositions and incomplete manuscripts
by "Marie Louka" (1901-1941)

There is an explanation why only two early 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 indicated its composer was "Marie Louka,"
later erased and replaced with "Johann C. Schmid."

(1902) The Rajah march and two-step SM
© Marie Louka
dedication: "my friend Mr. Frank L. Hagner"
1902 recording by Sousa's Band, Arthur Pryor conducting

(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. Schmid
The 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 piano roll
© Johann C. Schmid
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.
dedication: "Dorothea and Margaretha"
Dorothea and Margaretta were Schmid's daughters

(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)

(1905) Reverie MS
has similarities with Fleeting Hours (1905) and Sunset on the Ocean (1912)

(1941) Toytown on Parade MS
has similarities with The Fadette (1904) and Chins Up America (1941)

piano rolls of "Marie Louka" compositions, arrangements, or 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

sold by Rose Valley Music Co. The Captain General (Ideal 1177), Ocean Spray (Ideal 1192), Japanese Fire
(Ideal 1202), Birds and Breezes (Ideal 1216); sold in 1917 The North American; sold 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"
Moon Winks (1904) by "George Stevens" (Ideal 01156) SM MIDI (not the piano roll recording)
"George Stevens" was a pseudonym of Frederic J. A. Forster (1878-1956).

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
"Mission Bells."

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
roll manufacturers.

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.

a 1911 letter by "Marie Louka" published in 1912

Lakewood, N. J., Dec. 15, 1911.

Whitney Warner Company,
131 West Forty-first Street,
New York.

Gentlemen悠 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 bells葉hree in number, we judged from the
sound預nd 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

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.

Yours sincerely,

Lewis J. Thomas Jr.'s analysis of this "Marie Louka" letter

14 piano compositions sold in 1915 by Weymann & Son to Volkwein Bros.