Lachmund, Carl V.


American composer; born at Booneville, Missouri. His musical education began early. At thirteen he went to Cologne, where he studied under Heller, Jensen and Seiss. He next studied in Berlin under the Scharwenka brothers, Kiel and Moszkowski, followed by four years under the great Liszt at Weimar. Liszt became very strongly attached to this brilliant pupil, a portrait taken with Lachmund and his wife testifying to it, and he gave him, what he seldom bestows, a written recommendation. Lachmund's compositions gained a name for him in Germany, a trio for harp, violin and cello played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra bringing him into prominence. A concert prelude for piano received high praise from Liszt and was played throughout Germany by the best performers.  He was connected with the Opera at Cologne, and later was for a time professor of advanced classes at the Berlin Conservatory of Music, Xavier Scharwenka being director. Returning to the United States he took up his residence in New York City. His Japanese Overture, produced under the direction of Thomas and Seidl, has placed him prominently before the public.