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Wir tragen das Vaterland [Marsch]
Composer: Herms Niel
Trio: Wir tragen das Vaterland [Marschlied]/ Composer/Lyricist: Dr. Will Decker
Publisher: Musikverlag Sanssouci [Wilke & Co.], Berlin-Wilmersdorf
I accidentally came across this 1944 newsreel and instantly recognised a Niel-Walden arrangement in it - "Wir tragen das Vaterland":
Featured is only the trio (Decker's song), and a short part of the preceding strain.
I know of one recording of Niel's "Wir tragen das Vaterland" march, an instrumental made for the radio on 27 Jan. 1939 by the Gaumusikzug des RAD, Arbeitsgau XXVII, under Konrad Vogel (and it's possible that's the one used in the film report).
(Reminders: German newsreels used radio recordings; Erich Walden was one of Niel's main arrangers, who also arranged the march in question.)
Good day. I am here once again, to ask for help in the lyrics to this beautful song (Das Afrikakorps). It has become one of my favourites, unfortunately my German isn't that great, I know some of it, and after months of web searches hasn't done anything. So any help would be greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Musik Damals for his uploads! He has a great collection and been following his uploads in the days before Youtube crack down!
Note that the sound file originates from the collection of our member Alexander B., who shared it online. User Musik Damals just copied and re-uploaded Alexander's file, without crediting the actual record owner - as he did many times before (I wish he'd finally stop doing that).
As per this post, some wonderful user (Alarm Uboat) has posted the lyrics I was looking for on this link. Many thanks to him/her!
On the note of Musik Damals vs Alexander B. I agree credit where due. I haven't seen/heard AlexanderB's direct credit recordings. A link to those of his would be appreciated. As I am building my library, I wish to credit the proper sources. I do thank Musik Damals however in sharing, but yes please quote source.
Major Lancelle! [Marsch]
Composer: Herms Niel
Trio: Ich hab' mich ergeben/ Composer: Anonym/ Lyricist: Hans Ferdinand Maßmann
Publisher: Musikverlag Sanssouci [Wilke & Co.], Berlin-Wilmersdorf, 1934
Here's the only known recording of the march "Major Lancelle!", which Niel composed for his new boss in 1934 and recorded four years later for Lindström's Kristall label. In 1934, Otto Lancelle (1885-1941) was the head of the Reichsschule des Deutschen Arbeitsdienstes in Potsdam (in the Neues Palais), where Niel's newly-assigned band originated from. Niel's composition features the folk tune "Ich hab' mich ergeben" in trio; according to Thomas Freitag (author of Niel), it was a favourite of Konstantin Hierl's, the head of the Arbeitsdienst (no info on whether Lancelle shared the same musical preferences).
Now, don't let the different title on the record label fool you It is a Dutch release, and it was relatively common for record companies of the era to release recordings in foreign countries under different titles - translated, or completely made-up ("Supporter-Marsch" was one of the fictional ones). The "Großes Harmonie-Orchester" (i.e. grand brass band) was actually Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, conducted by the composer himself. You can find the same recording listed here, under the same matrix number (KC 26346) and under the correct title.
The recording was originally released in Germany on Kristall 2138, as "Lancelle-Marsch", coupled with the march "Heil Nürnberg" - another composition and recording of Niel's. On the Dutch record, Kristal 22082 (notice the spelling with one "L"), it was coupled with Leonhardt's "Alexander-Marsch", a 1933 recording by Blasorchester Carl Woitschach (also credited as "Großes Harmonie-Orchester").
There's only one known recording of "Die Narvik-Jäger", made by Niel's buddy Kiesant for Lindström's Kristall label. The song could have been recorded for the radio as well, but there seems to be no info on such a track (wartime radio recording lists appear to be lost).