Biographical / Historical
Klemm, Gustav, composer, educator; b. Baltimore, Md., Feb. 6, 1897; d. Baltimore, Md., Sept. 5, 1947. At nine, started piano; began composing. Studied harmony with Howard Thatcher, at Peabody Cons, of Music; composition, orchestration and counterpoint with Gustav Strube. Awarded scholarship in cello with Bart Wirtz. World War I, bandmaster, Camp Holabird; toured the East at head of seventy-piece band. Conductor City Park Band, Baltimore, 1922-1925. Program director and assistant manager of radio station 1925-1938. Conductor, Little Symphony Orchestra; guest conductor, Stadium Civic Symphony. On editorial staff, The Evening Sun, Baltimore, as music, dramatic and motion picture critic 1920-1932. Wrote articles for various magazines and newspapers. Actively engaged in editorial work, music publishers. Won first prize in national contest conducted by The Etude, with piano composition Three Moods and a Theme, later arranged for concert orchestra. Won eighth annual Kimball Prize Chicago Singing Teachers Guild for song, "A Hundred Little Loves." Wrote program notes for new Baltimore Symphony Orch. 1942-1944; resigned as assistant manager; made head of Preparatory Department of Peabody Cons, of Music. Songs: "A Child's Prayer"; "London Rain"; "Love, You Are My Music"; "O Sing Again!"; "Prayer for a Home'; "Sounds"; "September Day"; "Weary Goin'."
(McNamara, Daniel, ed. The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. 2nd ed. Thomas Y. Crowell Company: New York, 1952.)