Theobald Friedrich Böhm

Born at the 9th of april 1794 in Munich, being the oldest of 11 children of the goldsmith Karl Friedrich Böhm
Starting about 1800 to learn the flageolett

1802 changing to the flute
1810 sells his instrument after building his own flute with four keys (being inspired by Grenser)
1810-1812 lessons from Capeller and work with him on the enhancement of the flute.
Since 1812 second job being first flutist at the Isarthor theatre in Munich (Main job goldsmith)
1.6.1818 employment as flutist at the royal court orchestra in Munich.
1818-1820 study of composition ander Grätz and of instrumentation ander Stuntz. On the 30th of october 1820 married to Anna Rohrleitner (1796-1875) in Munich
11.12.1820 debut in Munich playing a composition of his own (concerto in G major dedicated to forstenau)
1821-1822 tour through Germany
1822 birth of the first daughter, Maria
1823 birth of the first son, Ludwig
1823/24 tour through Germany with Molique
1825 birth of the second son, Karl (wrote a chronicle of the family)
1826-1827 tour through Switzerland and the south of Germany
1827 birth of the third son, Theobald
june - august 1828 tour through Austria and northern Italy.

At the beginning of october 1828 setting-up of his own flute workshop

1829 birth of the fourth son, Wilhelm
1830 birth of the fifth son, Max
1831 birth of the sixth son, August
1831 tour through France and England, meeting with Gordon
832 manufacture of the first flute with ring keys.
25.4.1833 concert at the Odeon using the new flute
Since 1833 work on a new type of piano in cooperation with Schafhäutl, metallurgic experiments.
1833-1834 visit of Gordon, who has his own flute types manufactured at Böhms workshop
1837 birth of the seventh son, Otto, getting ennobled later on.
8.5.1837 presentation of his new flute at the academy of sciences in Paris
1.1.1839 nomination for the first class chevalier of the bavarian order of merit of the holy Michael
1839 end of his flute manufacturing in order to spend more time for other activities
1840 arrangement with Godfroy, Rudall and Rose, who are going to proceed in producing his flute type.
In 1843 his "Patentflute" is being published.
august - november 1845 Moritz forstenau is taking lessons from Böhm.
1846-47 study of acustics at the university of Munic.
1846 decision to build cylindrical flutes.
1847 book: "Über den flutenbau and die neuesten Verbesserungen desselben"
In the same year reopening of his workshop and manufacture of the first flute made of metal
1855: at the world exposition in Paris presentation of his flute and his book. Celebration of the polytechnichal association of Munich in favor of Böhm.
1871 second book: "Die flute and das flutenspiel in akustischer, technischer and artistischer Beziehung"
Died on the 25th of november 1881 in Munich
Burial on the 27th of November 1881 at the south cemetery.
Contemporaries judged Böhms timbre higher than that of Drouet and forstenau. Only in technical aspects he couldn`t cope with those.

Aged Böhm



Aged Böhm