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Collection of Gustav Klemm scores

Identifier: PIMS-0114
Gustav Klemm (1897-1947) was a composer and music educator who studied and taught at the Peabody Conservatory. As a composer, Klemm wrote primarily music for voice and piano, music for piano solo, orchestral music, and choral music. The Collection of Gustav Klemm scores contains printed editions of Klemm's complete works.


  • approximately 1919-1947

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.


0.71 Cubic Feet (1 full-size letter box, 1 half-size letter box, 1 medium flat box)

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.)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Gustav Klemm's complete works in seven bound volumes of printed scores and additional folders of unbound scores. Also included are orchestral parts of three works by Klemm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bound volumes were donated by the Enoch Pratt Library. There is no known acquisition information for unbound scores.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Campbell in 2016.

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA