The Life and Work of Richard Stöhr


On this page you can listen to full selections and excerpts of Richard Stöhr’s music.  These include commercially available recent recordings as well as archival recordings from the Stöhr family’s collection.

Much more music is available on the studio recordings listed in the link to the left.


The Walk, Op. 4 No. 1

Stoehr himself introduces this delightful solo piano piece, recorded on reel to reel tape in his room in Prevel Hall at Saint Michael’s College.


The Music for Cello and Piano on Toccata Classics (Excerpts)

Excerpts from the August 2014 release of the Four Fantasy Pieces Op. 17 and the Cello Sonata Op. 49 by cellist Stefan Koch and pianist Robert Conway.  The full recording can be purchased from the artists directly (see the Contact Page) or from, iTunes and other music retailers.



Two Lieder

These two lieder, Wellenbrecher and Abend, were performed by students of the Academy for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna (Stöhr’s alma mater and former employer) on June 11, 1954 at a concert held there in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday.  The performers were Eva Brinck, soprano, Rosa Bahl, alto, and Franz Kabelka, piano.  An image of the full program of this concert can be seen in the Documents section.

Wellenbrecher (text by Wilhelm Raab, 1895-1970)

Abend (text by Edmund Schwab, 1889-1967?)

Chamber Symphony (Nonet) Op. 32 First Movement (Complete)

From the same birthday concert in Vienna comes this performance of the First Movement of the Chamber Symphony (Nonet) Op. 32. At nearly 16 minutes, it is the longest single movement of a work by Stöhr that we know of. The names and instruments of the nine performers are listed on the program for this concert in the Document section.

Five Piano Pieces Op. 23

Three of the Five Piano Pieces Op. 23 (Nos. 1, 2 and 3) are heard in a live performance by Scott Faigen, veteran piano teacher at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim.  The performance took place on 18 October 2013.

Op. 23 No. 1, Evening

Op. 23 No. 2, Ride of the Elves

Op. 23 No. 3, Story


Op. 23 Nos. 4 and 5 are from the ORF studio recording (ORF-CD 3093) performed by Canadian pianist Rosemary O’Connor.

Op. 23 No. 4, Chit-chat

Op. 23 No. 5, Mazurka

Symphony No. 1 in A minor, Op. 12

This performance is from the 1950’s by the St. Olaf (MN) College Orchestra.  This work received many performances in Europe before 1938, including in Vienna, Leipzig, Chemnitz, and Stuttgart.  Apart from this recorded performance there was only one other complete performance of this symphony in the US by the Vermont State Symphony (1954) and a partial performance in Calgary (1948), and none in Europe that we know of since 1938.

I.  Introduction and Allegro

II.  Scherzo

III.  Andante religioso

IV.  Finale

Flute Sonata Op. 61 (excerpts)

The following are excerpts from the recording of Stöhr’s Flute Sonata by flutist David Shostac and pianist Antoinette Perry, Harmonie R.C. 30022, 1996.

I. Allegro grazioso

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Finale (Variationen) – Allegro energico

String Quartet Op. 22 (Excerpts)

The following are excerpts from the recording of Stöhr’s String Quartet Op. 22 by the Christine Lavant Quartet, released in 2010 (ORF-CD 3093).

I. Allegro appassionato

II. Andante cantabile

III. Scherzo. Molto vivace e leggerissimo

IV. Finale. Alla Zingarese. Allegro giusto


Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Op. 40

A live performance from December 9, 2012 by Billy Hunter (Principal Trumpet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and the New Jersey City College Orchestra conducted by Louis Kosma.


Movement I

Movement II

Movement III


Chamber Symphony Op. 32

The San Antonio Chamber Orchestra performed this work live on April 15, 2015.


Movement I

Movement II

Movement III

Movement IV


Three Songs Op. 21 for Low Voice, Cello and Piano

Live recording of these three lovely songs made at the University of Utah, July 2016.  Seth Keeton, Bass-Baritone, Stefan Koch, Cello, Emily Williams, Piano.

I.  Gebet (Prayer) – Friedrich Hebbel

II.  Ward der Aben regenmüd (The evening was tired from rain) – Toni Mark

III.  Dem aufgehenden Vollmonde (The rising full moon) – Goethe


Twelve Songs for Soprano and Piano

Selections from two live performances in Vienna by Gudrun Kosviner, soprano, Ilse Schumann, piano.

Vienna 2 December 2015

1. Sonnenuntergang (Friedrich Hölderlin), Op. 15/1

2. Wenn ich sterbe (Gustav Falke), Op. 15/6

3. Schein und Wirklichkeit (Gottfried Keller), Op. 19/1

4. Das Mädchen singt in den Abend (Ernst Lothar), Op. 55/1

5. Über mir zieht eine Wolke hin (Georg Fridrich Daumer), Op. 55/3

6. Nature Op. 104a/10

Vienna 25 June 2016

7. Auf den Höhen (Wilhelm Weigand), Op. 14/1

8. Der Schwarm (Karl Wilhelm), Op. 14/2

9. Die Stadt (Theodor Storm), Op. 14/5

10. Lichtgestalten (Ferdinand Avenarius), Op. 19/2

11. Sehnsucht nach Stille (Alfons Petzold), Op. 54/3

12. „Wir.” (Edeltrud Gräfin Waldersee), Op. 55/9


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