Musikkorps der 3. (Preuß.) Nachrichten-Abteilung

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Musikkorps der 3. (Preuß.) Nachrichten-Abteilung

Post by Ivan Ž. » 30 Jul 2020 11:08

The well-known band of the 3rd (Prussian) Signal Battalion led by Walter Harmens had a number of recording sessions, mainly in mid-to-late 1920s: for Electrola (1926), Lindström (Odeon label, 1926, 1928, 1929), Tri-Ergon (1929) and Artiphon (1933; the tracks were released on Clangor's Schallplatten-Volksverband records). Their last recording session included (as far as is known) four patriotic songs and marches - among which was the "Horst-Wessel-Lied" (the band also participated in a recording session for Grammophon in 1933, together with the band of the II Battalion, 9th Prussian Infantry Regiment; the bands were conducted Heeresmusikinspizient Schmidt).

Attached is a nice 1930 photo of the band and its bandleader, taken by Georg Pahl.

From https://www.bild.bundesarchiv.de/ via https://commons.wikimedia.org/
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Die Eröffnung der grossen Wassersport-Ausstellung im Luftschiffhafen in Potsdam! Eine Reichswehr-Kapelle eröffnet mit dem Fanfarenmarsch die Wassersportausstellung.
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Re: Musikkorps der 3. (Preuß.) Nachrichten-Abteilung

Post by Ivan Ž. » 30 Jul 2020 11:13

An official photo from the 1920s:
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 30 Jul 2020 13:15

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Re: Musikkorps der 3. (Preuß.) Nachrichten-Abteilung

Post by Ivan Ž. » 30 Jul 2020 15:57

Known recording sessions:


Electrola, 11 August 1926

BW 194-2 | 8-40086 | EG 366 | Zapfenstreich der Fußtruppen (/) Gebet (Бортнянский)

Electrola, 23 August 1926

BW 235-2 | 8-40024 | EG 240 | Einzug der Gladiatoren (Fučík)
BW 236-1 | 8-40038 | EG 254 | Marsch I. Bataillon Garde (/)
BW 237-2 | 8-40025 | EG 240 | Preußen-Marsch (Golde)
BW 238-1 | 8-40039 | EG 254 | Königgrätzer Marsch (Piefke)

Lindström (Odeon), late 1926

Be 5423-2 | O-2052 | Alte Kameraden (Teike)
Be 5425-2 | O-2051 | Festfanfare (Harmens)
Be 5426-2 | O-2066 | Niemand zuliebe, niemand zuleide (Gnauck)
Be 5427-2 | O-2066 | Kreuzritter-Fanfare (Henrion)
Be 5428-2 | O-2051 | Hie guet Brandenburg allewege! (Henrion)
Be 5487 | O-2052 | Parademarsch im Schritt des Königs-Husaren-Regiments Nr. 18 (Müller)

Lindström (Odeon), April 1928

Be 6776 | O-2440 | Heinzelmännchens Wachtparade (Noack)
Be 6777 | O-2440 | Siamesische Wachtparade (Lincke)
Be 6778 | O-2441 | Aus der Jugendzeit (Radecke)
Be 6779 | O-2445 | Aschenbrödels Brautzug (Dicker)
Be 6780 | O-2445 | Dornröschens Brautfahrt (Rhode)
Be 6782 | O-2552 | In Wind und Wetter (Urbach)
Be 6783 | O-2441 | Ich sende diese Blume dir (Wagner)
Be 6784 | O-2444 | Einzug der Frühlingsblumen (Kockert)
Be 6785 | O-2443 | Amoretten-Ständchen (Kockert)
Be 6786 | O-2444 | Aufzug der Stadtwache (Jessel)
Be 6787 | O-2442 | Poppies (Daniels)
Be 6788 | O-2442 | Der Rose Hochzeitszug (Jessel)
Be 6789 | O-2443 | Rokoko-Gavotte (Kockert)

Lindström (Odeon), 27 June 1929

Be 8390 | O-11043 | Weihnachts-Festklänge! (Wenger)
Be 8391 | O-11043 | Weihnachtslieder (Harmens)
Be 8392 | O-11051 | Bleisoldaten (Kockert)
Be 8393 | O-11001 | Baby-Parade (Mannfred)
Be 8394 | O-11044 | Im Glanz der Kerzen (Mannfred) I
Be 8395 | O-11044 | Im Glanz der Kerzen (Mannfred) II
Be 8396 | O-11051 | Bleisoldat auf Wache (Prager)

Lindström (Odeon), September 1929

Be 8490 | O-11100 | Zapfenstreich der Fußtruppen (/)
Be 8491 | O-11100 | Zapfenstreich der berittenen Truppen (/)
Be 8493 | O-2909 | Seid einig! (Morena) I
Be 8494 | O-2909 | Seid einig! (Morena) II
Be 8496 | O-11098 | Altdeutscher Fanfarenmarsch (Apitius)

Tri-Ergon, 1929

02824 | TE 5650 | Einzug der Gladiatoren (Fučik)
02825 | TE 5676 | Hoch Habsburg! (Král)
02826 | TE 5651 | Schneidige Truppe (Lehnhardt)
02827 | TE 5651 | Blaze-Away (Holzmann)
02828 | TE 5650 | Unter dem Grillenbanner (/)
02829 | TE 5676 | Kaiser-Friedrich-Marsch (Friedemann)
02830 | TE 5677 | Königs-Grenadier-Marsch (Teichert)
02831 | TE 5652 | Den Osten frei! (Gudohr)
02832 | TE 5652 | Der Tannenberger (Rakow)

Artiphon, early 1933 * tracks released on Clangor's Schallplatten-Volksverband records

12806 | M 2534 | Unsere Marine: Deutsches Flaggenlied (Thiele)
12807 | M 2531 | Horst-Wessel-Lied (/)
12808-1 | M 2533 | Deutschlandlied (Haydn)
12809 | M 2532 | Der Gott, der Eisen wachsen ließ (Brase)

Grammophon, early 1933 * without Harmens and with the band of the II Bn, 9th Inf. Rgt, cond. H. Schmidt

5209-½ BD 8 | 1 1300 | Treu vereint (Linack)
5212 BD 8 | 1 1300 | Kerntruppen (Schmiedecke)
5213 BD 8 | 1 1327 | Das blaue Regiment (Schrader)
5214 BD 8 | 1 1327 | Mit frohem Mut (Schmidt)



(Any addition is always welcome!)

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Re: Musikkorps der 3. (Preuß.) Nachrichten-Abteilung

Post by Ivan Ž. » 28 Sep 2020 15:55

A rare Third Reich period photo of the band, as a mounted trumpeter corps (notice the Nazi breast eagles). However, it's hard to tell (at least to me) whether the bandleader (seen right behind the kettle drummer) is Harmens, or perhaps his successor (if there was one in the first place).

From https://www.gettyimages.com/
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Reichswehr: Musikkorps - an der Spitze des Musikkorps die Kesselpauken.
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