Bohm, Theobald



Celebrated German flute-player. He made great improvements in the construction of the flute, as an instrument, and through it of all wood-wind instruments. Bohm's construction gave the flute a much fuller and rounder tone, which is generally considered an improvement, but some authorities declare it detracts from the purity and sweetness of quality. In making these changes Bohm originated an entirely new system of fingering, which bears his name. This method has been largely adopted by flute-players. His system, while it gave an added ease in playing and a more even tone, had the disadvantage of making the instrument heavier and increased the possibilities of leakage. Bohm was a member of the Royal band of Munich for years. He composed many brilliant works for the flute, consisting of fantasias, etudes, polonaises and variations.