Hermann Blume (1891-1967)

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Hermann Blume (1891-1967)

Post by meisterholzfuss » 06 Nov 2007 00:13

Hello,

Composer Hermann Blume is my grandfather and I really would like to hear some of his work. My email is meisterholzfuss@hotmail.com

Thank you very much

Georg

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 06 Nov 2007 00:23

Hello, Georg

Is your grandfather Hermann Blume - born on 04.06.1891 in Biegen / died on 10.05.1967 in Großbottwar?

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Post by meisterholzfuss » 06 Nov 2007 01:39

Yes, this is my grandfather. He died in a car accident when he was on the way home by bike.

I know the internet is a great source for mp3s but recordings of my grandfather's music is very rare. I only found yet "Tannenberg-Marsch", "Lockstedter Jägermarsch" and "Stahlhelm-Bundesmarsch" and the last two are in very low quality.

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Georg

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 06 Nov 2007 08:54

Hello again,

Do you have any photos of your grandfather?

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Post by meisterholzfuss » 06 Nov 2007 11:07

Yes, I can show you two photos. One from 1934 and the other from 1947 after his two years in russian imprisonment.
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Post by Sdt » 06 Nov 2007 23:51

Hello,

Well, your grandfather did a very nice job! Thanks for the pictures. Captivity in USSR must have been a harsh time...

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Post by behemoth » 07 Nov 2007 16:59

Ok, now I am impressed. What a nice contribution to the forum, meisterholzfuss! Thank you.

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Post by meisterholzfuss » 07 Nov 2007 17:45

Thank you very much

Georg

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 10 Nov 2007 10:08

Hello, Georg

Thank you for the photos, very interesting! Your grandfather was really a "big-shot", especially in Stahlhelm; his works were recorded by almost all bands of the Third Reich, including Musikkorps der LSSAH, Reichsmusikzug des RAD, various Stahlhelm bands of course (he was an Ehrenamtlicher Bundesmusikreferent des Stahlhelms) and many others. His song "Kamerad Horst Wessel" (lyrics by Käthe Sommer) won the first Seldte's prize (see the photo below). He also composed a couple of marches dedicated to Hitler and held an officer rank in the SS.

Franz Seldte gives the 1st prize to Hermann Blume for his composition "Kamerad Horst Wessel", 15.11.1933
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Source: https://www.bpk-bildagentur.de/

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Post by Schmeisser » 10 Nov 2007 13:15

And Hermann Blume was SS-Untersturmführer?

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 10 Nov 2007 17:32

SS-Hauptsturmführer.

Here's an excellent shot of him in SS uniform (as an SS-Untersturmführer)
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Post by Schmeisser » 10 Nov 2007 18:15

Aha. :) Thanks ;)

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Post by meisterholzfuss » 11 Nov 2007 22:43

Hello again,

I know that he was a close friend of Franz Seldte who lost his arm in WWI. My grandfather played violin in Chicago orchestra before he freely reported in the army when WWI begun. After a few months in service his right hand was destroyed by a grenade and his career as musician ended. After war he learned bugle, what he could play left handed. That's why he composed some works for bugle plus orchestra.

I have some notes about the complete works of my grandfather because I still get royalties.

The only one I know currently who can tell me something about his life is an 94 years old lady, a friend of my familiy, who lives nearby Stuttgart.

After all he was burried in Stuttgart on the central cemetery. I visited Stuttgart this year on search of my grandfathers trail, but the grave doesn't exist anymore.

In the near future I plan to visit his home town. It isn't far from where I live, maybe one and a half hour by train, a little village.

Grüße

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Post by Schmeisser » 13 Nov 2007 13:49

And this Hermann Blume was the arranger of "Wenn wir durch die Stadt marschieren" potpourri?

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 13 Nov 2007 20:40

Yes, that is him.

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