Auceps wrote: ↑
19 Jan 2020 23:29
Oh, thank you very much for these recodings, Alex! Interesting is that Erich Gutzeit is finally credited here as an arranger of Niel (from what I remember from Ivan's lists, he arranged pretty many Niel's songs).
The pleasure is all mine, you are very welcome! What use is collecting if not to share?
I am still learning (slowly) about how all the artists of the period fit together, you and Ivan both seem to have a much better grasp of these concepts than I do! I did not know that Gutzeit was behind many of Niel's arrangements; but, I do think I've seen his name on some more of my records, let me see if I can find any other examples of him listed as Niel's arranger.
Ivan Ž. wrote: ↑
20 Jan 2020 00:54
Hello, Alexander. Thanks for posting another interesting (and rare) record. Niel also recorded that composition of his himself, as you may have seen in his recording list here viewtopic.php?f=81&t=94321&start=15#p930857
By the way, the signal which announces each strophe (ta-raa, tara-tara
) is called "Straße frei" (Norbert Schultze's march "Panzer rollen in Afrika vor" begins with the same signal). The arrangement that Niel recorded was, of course, the same Gutzeit's brass band arrangement (and it was also a march & song, Marsch und Lied
). There's also an interesting radio recording of the song without a march intro, made by Wilhelm Strienz (accompanied by a chamber orchestra).
Hello, Auceps. Erich Gutzeit was Niel's main wartime arranger (remember, he also composed the medley "Wir marschieren mit Herms Niel"), along with Erich Walden (Kümmel). Apparently, according to Niel's younger colleague and biggest wartime rival Norbert Schultze, Niel was not capable of writing orchestra scores. Schultze mentioned this in his (1964) letter to Fred K. Prieberg, when describing their (Schultze & Niel's) Russian campaign song competition (see page 6391 of Prieberg's Handbuch): "Herms Niel had his arranger Erich Gutzeit with him, since he himself could neither play nor write it down, let alone make a score for orchestra.
" (Notice a dose of spitefulness in Schultze's words.) Fun fact: Schultze's composition, which was, as we know, chosen over Niel's, was arranged for (military) orchestra by the very same Erich Gutzeit
Other main (brass/military band) arrangers of Niel's were Arno Hildebrand, Gustav Skibbe and (in the earlier years) Josef Sommer.
Again, the pleasure is mine! Thank you for always getting all the details straight for me!
I never have heard the Grammophon release of this song, nor have I ever heard the radio broadcast. From where did the broadcast originate?
I also never knew this little "ditty", as we might say in English, which signals the start of each strophe, was something with a name, let alone something that occurred in more than one recording. I guess I was never listening too carefully! I need to listen to some records again now, just to check it out!
I've never heard either of the fact that Niel was deficient in this regard, the man was clearly talented, its a shock to me that he struggled in this area; but, nobody can do everything!
What was Niel's song that was competing with the Russlandlied?
Finally, something a little bit different, unfortunately I don't have anything else exciting from Niel today!
Here is a copy of "Auf Fahrt und Walz" from Telefunken. A collection of old folk songs popular with the Wandervogel.
The Wandervogel were somehow a kind of political movement of the late 19th and early 20th century in Germany, although groups did exist outside of the Reich. They were mostly higher class people, often children, who wished to escape the increasingly urbanizing lifestyle that the dawn of the 20th century was bringing, and so they spent a-lot of time outdoors appreciating nature and hiking. They were somewhat at the forefront of the youth movements that began in the early 20th century, and by and large, had many ideas which were considered "liberal" at the time. Although the movement survived the First World War, it could not endure in the totalitarian state of National-Socialist Germany, and once the regime solidified other groups such as the Wandervogel troops into the new Hitler Youth, it was simply over for them, although, at the end of the war, many scouting groups were founded with similar principals and can be considered spiritual successors.
This history makes such a record a really puzzling thing, as the nazis were, unsurprisingly, no big friend to the Wandervogel, both because it was competition for their own organizations, competition which they would eventually legislate out of existence; but, also because many of the Wandervogel principals and philosophy conflicted with nazi teachings.
But here we are, a collection of songs popular with the Wandervogel, performed by an orchestra of Wandervogel with a choir of the Hitler Youth together!!! Its truly something I don't quite understand. Perhaps its a kind of show of good will or brotherhood between the soon dead Wandervogel and the emerging Hitler Youth?
I haven't seen many copies of this recording, so I imagine it to have not sold very well.
It is very interesting that, on my copy, one can see that someone has censored the "Hitler-Jugend" by scratching it off the recording. But they have only done it to the "B" side! What logical reason for this exists is beyond me. Maybe someone started and didn't finish.
Among the songs recorded are some which were not often heard during the 3rd Reich period
1.Wenn wir Marschieren
2.Bin ein fahrender Gesel
3.Das Lieben bringt groß Freud
4.Die Gedanken sind Frei
5.Hab mein Wage voll geladen
6.Wenn alle brünnlein fließen
1.Wohlan, die Zeit ist kommen
2.Glück auf, Glück auf! Der Steiger kommt
3.Es war ein Knabe gezogen
4.Als ich ein jung Geselle war
5.Morgen marschieren wir
6.Jetzt kommt die Zeit daß ich wandern muß
7.Horch, was kommt von draussen rein
Overall, the quality of the recording is good, and the songs are sung well with a-lot of variety. Its really interesting to hear some traditional folk songs and earlier songs sung instead of then current music for a change. Its a nice record. Not my favorite by any means; but, definitely a refreshing change of pace.
My regards as always, gentlemen!
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