Herms Niel & Reichsmusikzug des RAD

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Post by Fallersleben » 11 Jan 2016 13:30

From https://www.ebay.de/ (miro-antik2012)
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Post by Schmeisser » 12 Jan 2016 12:09

... and there was something more.
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Post by Schmeisser » 12 Jan 2016 12:34

Those girls and flowers look like these in this photo from https://www.gettyimages.com/
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Herms Niel with female admirers at his appointment as professor - 1941. Photographer: Heinrich Hoffmann. Published by: 'Hier Berlin' 20/1941.
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 12 Jan 2016 12:59

Nice, I didn't see that auction! :D Thanks for posting.

(It went for nearly EUR 100! The price of Niel's photos is seriously increasing...)

Yes, those are the same girls. However, the photos were taken a year before he was appointed professor.

Some of the photos from this concert were published in Das Illustrierte Blatt, 10.08.1940, p. 783

Das Illustrierte Blatt 1940-08-10 S-783.jpg

...and in the Dutch magazine Panorama, 14.05.1942, p. 3, on the occasion of Niel's concert tour in the Netherlands.

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The photo with the girls was also published in 1941, on the occasion of Niel's appointment as professor (hence that Getty/Ullstein caption).

From Illustrierte Kronen-Zeitung, 25.04.1941, p. 1
Illustrierte Kronen-Zeitung 1941-04-25 S-1.jpg

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Post by Fallersleben » 01 Feb 2016 20:02

From Haarlemsche Courant, 06.07.1943, pp. 2-3
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Seems that Carolus Hartmann also wrote the lyrics of "Unsere Räder rollen für den Sieg".
Ivan Ž. wrote:
Unsere Räder rollen für den Sieg [Marschlied]
Composer: Prof. Herms Niel
Lyricist: ?
Publisher: ?
Opening Line: ?
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 01 Feb 2016 22:21

Yes, he obviously did - thanks very much - list of works updated.

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Post by GregSingh » 12 Mar 2016 10:05

An invitation to Herms Niel concert in Posen on the 18th of March 1941 - part of Ostdeutsche Kulturtage.

Entry: 50 Pfennig!

From Ostdeutscher Beobachter, 16.03.1941, p. 15
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And here is an article from a local newspaper after the concert.
One piece was performed I've never heard of - Parademarsch der Arbeitsdienst-Schulen.

From Ostdeutscher Beobachter, 19.03.1941, pp. 5-6
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 12 Mar 2016 11:17

Great material, Greg, thank you very much for posting! First time I see it.

Parademarsch der Arbeitsdienst-Schulen is (as it's written in the report):
Ivan Ž. wrote: 1937

RAD-Marsch Nr. 1 (Der Reichsarbeitsführer)
Composer: Herms Niel
Publisher: Musikverlag Sanssouci [Wilke & Co.], Berlin-Wilmersdorf
...which Niel recorded as well, during his first Grammophon session with the RAD band, in 1937.

What I find most interesting is that they credited Niel as author of the 1940 fanfare for the 1814 "Pariser Einzugsmarsch", but I think that was just a reporter's mistake (I still do not know who the fanfare-composer is, but I doubt it's Niel).

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Post by GregSingh » 13 Mar 2016 08:37

Thanks Ivan, I did not realise it was the same march...
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Post by Fallersleben » 19 Mar 2016 16:45

From Haarlems Dagblad, 02.05.1942, p. 2
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Post by Schmeisser » 24 Mar 2016 10:01

And here is the original version of that photo.

From https://noord-hollandsarchief.nl/
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Concert door het orkest van prof. Herms Niel (1888 -1954) in het Concertgebouw/tegenwoordig de Philharmonie aan de Lange Begijnestraat. Een van de werken is gecomponeerd door onderofficier Hartmann (midden) die uitvoering wordt bedankt.
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 24 Mar 2016 14:48

I was talking about that to Michail the other day, is this a coincidence or...? :D Thanks for posting ;)

Back to 1941 and Prague:
Ivan Ž. wrote: Die Deutsche Wochenschau 545, released on 12 February 1941.
Niel and the Reichsmusikzug were filmed holding a WHW concert in the Lucerna Hall in Prague (Jan. 1941).
A few screenshots from this newsreel:
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Post by GregSingh » 30 Mar 2016 02:07

More on this concert:

As indicated in the newsreel, footage was taken during Reichsarbeitsführer Konstantin Hierl visit to Prag.
According to official timetable/program, visit lasted from 22nd to 25th of January 1941.

Review of RAD troops took place on 23.01 (Thursday) at noon.
"12,05 Uhr - Abschreiten der beiden von dem Czernin-Palais angetretenen Ehrenabteilungen durch den Herrn Reichsprotektor und den Herrn Reichsarbeitsführer."

Niel's concert started at 8pm on 24.01 (Friday).
"20,00 Uhr - Beginn des Konzertes zu Gunsten des Kriegswinterhilfswerkes. Es spielt des Reichsmusikzug des R.A.D. Leitung: OMZ-Führer Herms Niel."

Invitation to the concert. Much more expensive entry than for one in Posen, in two months' time!
Prag 24.Jan.41.jpg
Source: National Archives of the Czech Republic (Collection: Staatssekretär beim Reichsprotektor in Böhmen und Mähren; Folder: sg. 109-12/39)
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Post by Schmeisser » 30 Mar 2016 21:29

Thanks for that, GregSingh! Now we know the exact date.

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Post by Fallersleben » 11 May 2016 22:36

From https://www.bild.bundesarchiv.de/
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Herms Niels dirigiert das Engelandlied.
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Herms Niel dirigierte eine Kapelle des W.H.W. auf einem Konzert in Prag.
Photographer: Gerold Grupp
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