78 rpm military records

Discussions on the music in the Third Reich. Hosted by Ivan Ž.
User avatar
Ivan Ž.
Host - Music section
Posts: 6708
Joined: 05 Apr 2005 12:28
Location: Serbia

Re: Telefunken A 1537

Post by Ivan Ž. » 27 Jul 2018 21:48

Hello again,

It's a real one and a nice one too. Congratulations on your first 78 rpm record! :thumbsup:

Cheers,
Ivan

User avatar
Teppeny
Member
Posts: 78
Joined: 28 Jan 2018 17:04
Location: France

Re:

Post by Teppeny » 27 Aug 2018 14:48

Ivan Ž. wrote:
01 Jun 2015 14:03
Telefunken wrote:Back on the subject of "SA marschiert", does anyone have any label scans?
Here are examples of some of the recordings of the full song and of various arrangements of the song, from SCF collectors. Of course, even more recordings were made, this is not all.
Hello, Is there any recording on the internet of "Im Schlesierland marschieren wir" ?

Best regards,
Teppeny

User avatar
Alexander B.
Member
Posts: 85
Joined: 08 Feb 2014 08:30
Location: Dublin Ohio, USA

Kristall 2165

Post by Alexander B. » 20 Mar 2019 12:28

Hello everyone,

Long time-no see! I've missed talking to you all! My collection continues to grow, although I haven't been very good at sharing most of it-there's simply too much and not enough time; but, I think its time for some more forum posts! I've been living in Germany and have been able to source quite a few amazing finds.

We'll start my return with this lovely pressing of Kristall 2165.

"Das Afrikakorps" is a march by Herms Niel, which I was surprised to see did not get lyrics from Anacker; but, instead lyrics by Hans Flocken. The song describes the work of the Afrika Korps, fighting valiantly with vehicles and infantry day and night against the "Tommy" to bring down his empire and win victory for Germany in the wilds of Africa. (I've done my best to translate the original lyrics, translation available in the subtitles of the restoration.) As with many other recordings from this series by the Musikkorps des Luftnachrichten-Regiment des Oberbefehlshabers der Luftwaffe under Obermusikmeister E. Klesant, the song is performed with great enthusiasm and energy and well recorded by the engineers. What else could I say about it? Its an amazing performance

"Schneidig ist die Infantrie!" on side B, another title by Herms Niel, is another amazing gem from the same performers and director as side A. Here its performed with the same great enthusiasm that Herms Niel and his own R.A.D. band gave it. It really is hard to choose which one I prefer. This recording is lacking the lead out that the original rendition by the R.A.D. has, which is a sleight disappointment; but, I still find it a wonderful alternative to the original and sometimes wonder if its not my preferred version!

It seems Kristall delivers again!

Until next time!
Alex
Kristall-2165.jpg
Ivan Ž. wrote:
Das Afrikakorps [Marschlied]
Composer: Prof. Herms Niel
Lyricist: Hans Flocken
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps des Luftnachrichten-Regiments des Oberbefehlshabers der Luftwaffe, Potsdam-Eiche
Conductor: Obermusikmeister Erich Kiesant
Recording Date: 1942
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin

Schneidig ist die Infantrie! [Marsch und Lied]
Composer/Lyricist: Prof. Herms Niel
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps des Luftnachrichten-Regiments des Oberbefehlshabers der Luftwaffe, Potsdam-Eiche
Conductor: Obermusikmeister Erich Kiesant
Recording Date: 1942
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin
[Discographical info added by the host, Ivan Ž.]
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Teppeny
Member
Posts: 78
Joined: 28 Jan 2018 17:04
Location: France

Re: Kristall 2165

Post by Teppeny » 21 Mar 2019 17:44

Amazing recordings Alexander !

User avatar
Alexander B.
Member
Posts: 85
Joined: 08 Feb 2014 08:30
Location: Dublin Ohio, USA

Odeon O-26388

Post by Alexander B. » 16 Jan 2020 16:03

Another new set of recordings out of my collection that seem to me to be relatively unknown.

On side A we have "Soldaten sind immer Soldaten" a song mostly about the admirable and enduring qualities of German soldiers, written for the 1939 propaganda film "Der Westwall". This is, by far, the more known of the two songs on this record.

On side B is "Morgenlied der Soldaten" an almost forgotten song of Herms Niel and Joseph Lang. A song about waking up in the morning and resuming the offensive and doing other things that brave soldiers do, including dying for the flag. This is, in my opinion, the more interesting of the two songs presented on this record, one which I had never heard in its entirety until finding this record. Some may remember a youtube video from a long time ago which was titled something along the lines of "Unknown Soldiers songs" from the old RMK channel, and this song was among those, although it was a poorly recorded partial copy.

Both songs are here recorded by the well known Musikkorps der Fliegerhorstkommandantur Berlin-Gatow in excellent quality with a great performance for both by a band which I've come to expect nothing less from! A highly recommended record to pick up wherever it might be found!
Odeon-O-26388.jpg
Ivan Ž. wrote:
Soldaten sind immer Soldaten [Marsch]
Composer: Ernst Erich Buder
Trio: Soldaten sind immer Soldaten [Marschlied]/ Composer: Ernst Erich Buder/ Lyricist: Herybert Menzel
Vocal Group: Die Metropol-Vokalisten, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps der Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur Berlin-Gatow
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Arno Kühn
Recording Date: 19.01.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum II
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin

Morgenlied der Soldaten
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Joseph Lang
Arranger: Gustav Skibbe
Vocal Group: Die Metropol-Vokalisten, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps der Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur Berlin-Gatow
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Arno Kühn
Recording Date: 19.01.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum II
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin
[Discographical info added by the host, Ivan Ž.]
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Ivan Ž.
Host - Music section
Posts: 6708
Joined: 05 Apr 2005 12:28
Location: Serbia

Re: Kristall 2165 / Odeon O-26388

Post by Ivan Ž. » 16 Jan 2020 21:11

Hello, Alexander

Very nice records! I completely forgot to comment the Kristall 2165, which is a particularly rare find. Congratulations!
Alexander B. wrote:
16 Jan 2020 16:03
"Soldaten sind immer Soldaten" a song [...] written for the 1939 propaganda film "Der Westwall"
Two notes: first, notice that it is a march over the song "Soldaten sind immer Soldaten" (it's not just a song). The song itself is quite known (mostly via Tumforde's 1936 Grammophon performance), while the march is basically unknown today. Second, neither the song or the march were created for the movie "Der Westwall". The song was created in 1935 and was only used in the movie, which was created in 1939. And the march wasn't featured in the movie at all.

Again, a very nice record; especially because of the "Morgenlied der Soldaten", which is one of my most favourite compositions by Niel.

Cheers,
Ivan

User avatar
Alexander B.
Member
Posts: 85
Joined: 08 Feb 2014 08:30
Location: Dublin Ohio, USA

Electrola EG 7089

Post by Alexander B. » 19 Jan 2020 19:51

Hello Ivan!,

Thank you very much for the compliments regarding my records, and for all the new information. Its always nice to learn from you. Thank you also for adding the information for the records, especially the Kristall recording!

Continuing the trend of often forgotten Niel, here's another interesting recording from the same collection that the Odeon disk came from.

This time its an Electrola recording. Side "A" is really interesting for me in this case. The "Flandern-Marsch", or "Die Straßen, die mein Vater zog", is a song that I never knew existed, let alone did I know was a composition of Herms Niel. Under Ivan's wonderful list of works of Niel's, it can be found, being published in 1940. A song about the deeds of the deceased father of a man, who died a hero's death in the Argonner Forest in the first world war; a story, which probably resonated strongly with many young men of the era. Although lacking the "pep" of many of Niels more famous pieces, due to its somber nature and subject matter, its well composed, and here it is well performed by the Hochschulorchester des Heeres under H. Schmidt. I found the performance a bit different than many of their other performances that I am familiar with; but, definitely in a demeanor fitting such a song. On side "B" we have the "Scapa-Flow-Marsch" performed by the band of the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, under H. Müller-John, in his typical fashion for such recordings with the LAH, the performance is rigid and professional, definitely no slouch performance and nothing to overlook.

Really interesting stuff.

I hope there will soon be more to come.

Regards as always,
Alex
Electrola-EG-7089.jpg
Ivan Ž. wrote:
Die Straßen, die mein Vater zog (Flandern-Marsch)
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Carl Schütte
Arranger: Erich Gutzeit
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: Hochschulorchester des Heeres, Berlin
Conductor: Heeres-Obermusikinspizient Prof. Hermann Schmidt
Recording Date: 1940
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

Scapa-Flow-Marsch
Composer: Otto Eichler
Instrumental Group: Musikkorps der Leibstandarte-SS „Adolf Hitler“, Berlin-Lichterfelde
Conductor: Leibstandarten-Obermusikmeister Hermann Müller-John
Recording Date: 01.1940
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin
[Discographical info added by the host, Ivan Ž.]
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

Auceps
Member
Posts: 321
Joined: 04 Dec 2009 17:03

Re: Electrola EG 7089

Post by Auceps » 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).

Regards,
Auceps

User avatar
Ivan Ž.
Host - Music section
Posts: 6708
Joined: 05 Apr 2005 12:28
Location: Serbia

Re: Electrola EG 7089

Post by Ivan Ž. » 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. Along with Erich Walden (Kümmel), Erich Gutzeit was Niel's main wartime arranger (remember, he also composed the medley "Wir marschieren mit Herms Niel"). Apparently, according to Niel's younger colleague and biggest war music 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 :D

Cheers,
Ivan

PS
Other main (brass/military band) arrangers of Niel's were Arno Hildebrand, Gustav Skibbe and (in the earlier years) Josef Sommer.

User avatar
Alexander B.
Member
Posts: 85
Joined: 08 Feb 2014 08:30
Location: Dublin Ohio, USA

Telefunken A 1399

Post by Alexander B. » 20 Jan 2020 12:22

Hello Auceps,

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.

Hello Ivan,

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! :cry:

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. 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!
Alex
Telefunken-A-1399.jpg
Ivan Ž. wrote:
Auf Fahrt und Walz' [Wandervogellieder-Potpourri] 1. Teil
Composer: Hans Bund
Vocalist: Erwin Hartung
Vocal Group: Chor der Hitlerjugend
Instrumental Group: Tanzorchester Hans Bund, Berlin
Recording Date: 22.05.1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Contents: Wenn wir marschieren [Anonym], Bin ein fahrender Gesell [Anonym/Baumbach], Das Lieben bringt groß' Freud' [Anonym], Die Gedanken sind frei [Anonym], Hab' mei' Wage' vollgelade' [Anonym], Wenn alle Brünnlein fließen [Anonym]

Auf Fahrt und Walz' [Wandervogellieder-Potpourri] 2. Teil
Composer: Hans Bund
Vocalist: Erwin Hartung
Vocal Group: Chor der Hitlerjugend
Instrumental Group: Tanzorchester Hans Bund, Berlin
Recording Date: 22.05.1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Contents: Wohlan, die Zeit ist kommen [Anonym], Glück auf, der Steiger kommt [Anonym], Es war ein Knabe gezogen [Kamm/Roquette], Als ich ein jung' Geselle war [Anonym], Morgen marschieren wir [Anonym], Jetzt kommt die Zeit, daß ich wandern muß [Anonym], Horch, was kommt von draußen 'rein [Anonym]
[Discographical info added by the host, Ivan Ž.]
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Ivan Ž.
Host - Music section
Posts: 6708
Joined: 05 Apr 2005 12:28
Location: Serbia

Re: Electrola EG 7089 / Telefunken A 1399

Post by Ivan Ž. » 22 Jan 2020 16:58

Hello, Alexander

Strienz's radio recording of "Die Straßen, die mein Vater zog" can be found in the German Radio Archive (DRA). Regarding the signals: if you search this topic for example viewtopic.php?f=81&t=120685 with the word "signal", you'll get a better idea of how often were the military signals included in military compositions (the same goes for Jäger signals & compositions). By the way, the vocal part in "Morgenlied der Soldaten", which you recently posted, was announced with the signal "Wecken" (wake up); a wake-up signal for soldiers' morning song, get it? ;) (The same signal opens Männecke's "Argonner-Marsch".) As for Niel & Schultze's Russian campaign song competition: they were both assigned by Dr Goebbels to compose music (individually) for the new campaign song called "Vorwärts nach Osten!" And Schultze's music was chosen over Niel's.

A note regarding Telefunken A 1399: as you can see in the info I added to your post and in the Telefunken recording list nicely compiled here by Christian Zwarg http://discography.phonomuseum.at/telef/telef19000.pdf, there was no Wandervogel band participating in that recording. It's just Hans Bund's dance band pretending to be Wandervogel (you can hear the same band, and vocalist too, in "Oberlausitz, geliebtes Heimatland", which you have on a Radiofunken record). There's quite a few cases of German recording bands pretending to be something else; one of the best examples is Otto Kermbach's dance band pretending to be "infantry, Jäger and cavalry band" in the first recording of his & Rathke's (soon to be a hit) medley "Unter Kameraden" (Electrola EH 728). Sometimes they also pretended to be foreign artists; for example, I have a record by Otto Dobrindt's band pretending to be a Russian string orchestra, with Dobrindt credited as "Gregor Weregansky" :)

Hans Bund made another Wandervogel medley for Telefunken a couple of months later, and recorded it as instrumental this time. I'll post it soon.

Cheers,
Ivan

User avatar
Ivan Ž.
Host - Music section
Posts: 6708
Joined: 05 Apr 2005 12:28
Location: Serbia

Telefunken A 1530

Post by Ivan Ž. » 22 Jan 2020 16:59

Telefunken-A-1530.jpg

Durch Busch und Feld [Wanderlieder-Potpourri] 1. Teil
Composer: Hans Bund
Instrumental Group: Tanzorchester Hans Bund, Berlin
Recording Date: 20.09.1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Contents: Alle Vögel sind schon da [Anonym/v.Fallersleben], Das Lieben bringt groß' Freud' [Anonym], Im grünen Wald [Anonym], Hamburg ist ein schönes Städtchen [Anonym], Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund [Anonym], Es war ein Knabe gezogen [Kamm/Roquette]

Durch Busch und Feld [Wanderlieder-Potpourri] 2. Teil
Composer: Hans Bund
Instrumental Group: Tanzorchester Hans Bund, Berlin
Recording Date: 20.09.1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Contents: Drei Lilien [Anonym], Ein Schifflein sah ich fahren [Anonym], Als wir jüngst in Regensburg waren [Anonym], Im Krug zum grünen Kranze [Anonym/Müller], Weh', daß wir scheiden müssen [Anonym]

The second Hans Bund's Wandervogel medley, which he recorded with his dance band, pretending to be a Wandervogel band again ;) (see Alexander's previous post for the first Wandervogel medley).

Cheers,
Ivan
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Alexander B.
Member
Posts: 85
Joined: 08 Feb 2014 08:30
Location: Dublin Ohio, USA

Grammophon 2 25271

Post by Alexander B. » 12 Mar 2020 19:33

Ivan,

Some wonderful new information! I'm always so blown away with your knowledge! You are really bringing this content back to life. Have you ever thought about teaching at a University? I really think someone could write their PhD thesis based on all the information you have recovered! Maybe if I ever write a PhD thesis it will be on the things we talk about here!

I am listening more and more for signals and other older melodies in Niels music and other compositions and its amazing just how many are to be found now that I'm listening! Its a real treat.

I'm a little sad to find out that its not a real Wandervogel orchestra! It would have made a real historical curiosity; but, this answer is making far more sense than the alternative!

Is it known what Niels version of "Vorwärts nach Osten!" Would have sounded like, or is this lost to history?

For my next post, unfortunately I have nothing too terribly exciting; but, maybe something a bit hard to find these days.

Here we have Grammophon 2 25271.
On side A is "Unser der Sieg - Unser die Macht", a speech from a "Kurt Klawitter" celebrating the victory of the National Socialist movement and the German people over their perceived ills, such as hunger and despair, joblessness, and disenfranchisement, and also speaking of the sadness of those who were lost in the quest for victory. Imposed over the speech are a few well known National Socialist songs and also "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden". Its a really interesting speech that I had not heard before I owned this record. I don't know if it was just produced for Grammophon or not, as I couldn't find any info about the speaker or his speech online.

On side B we have the well known "Triumphmarsch der erwachten Nation" performed by an orchestra under Engel and sung by a group from Sturm 65/7 "Horst Wessel". Its extremely well performed and its definitely understandable that this is the song that has been most copied off of this record. Again, a song celebrating the National Socialist victory and the victory of the German people, proclaiming that their day has come, they will never go backwards, and that from this day forward in the 3rd Reich there will be a rebirth of "freedom, unity, and justice". A really troubling thing to hear as we all know what happened afterwards....

Overall quality is wonderful. Both recordings are historically interesting; however, only one of them is truly a song. I would recommend it for people who are very interested in the politics of the 3rd Reich.

Some exciting new things are in the works!

Until next time.
Alex
Grammophon-2-25271.jpg
Ivan Ž. wrote:
Unser der Sieg - Unser die Macht [Melodram]
Montager/Writer: Kurt Klawitter
Reciter: Kurt Klawitter
Vocal Group: Chor des SA-Sturms 3/12, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12, Berlin; Deutsches Blasorchester, Berlin
Conductor: Musikzugführer Martin Ewers; Pg. Alfred Engel
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin

Contents: Wiener Jungarbeiterlied [Mahrer/Hädelmayr], Horst-Wessel-Lied [Anonym/Wessel], Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden [Silcher/Uhland], Horst-Wessel-Lied [Anonym/Wessel]

Triumphmarsch der erwachten Nation
Composer: Paul Pietzner-Clausen
Lyricist: Dr. H. M. Eckert
Arranger: Franz Pollak
Vocal Group: Chor des SA-Sturms 67/5, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Deutsches Blasorchester, Berlin
Conductor: Pg. Alfred Engel
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin
[Discographical info added by the host, Ivan Ž.]
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Ivan Ž.
Host - Music section
Posts: 6708
Joined: 05 Apr 2005 12:28
Location: Serbia

Re: Grammophon 2 25271

Post by Ivan Ž. » 14 Mar 2020 14:51

Hello, Alex

Thanks for the kind words :) It's not known (to me) whether Niel's version of "Vorwärts nach Osten!" survived, in any form. It's possible.

Now, about the last record - a good and rare find!

Klawitter's track is not a common speech but a melodrama, just like Zander's "Der Sieg der deutschen Nation", which you have on an Odeon record. And the same as Zander, Klawitter incorporated in his piece recordings that were made earlier for the same recording company:
- "Wiener Jungarbeiterlied" by Chor des SA-Sturms 3/12 and Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12 under Martin Ewers (matrix no 5324-½ BD 8)
- "Horst-Wessel-Lied", an instrumental version by Deutsches Blasorchester under Alfred Engel (matrix no 5271-½ BD 8)
- "Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden", an instrumental version by Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12 under Martin Ewers (matrix no 5302 BD 8)
- "Horst-Wessel-Lied" again (the same version)
UdS-UdM.jpg
A note regarding "Triumphmarsch der erwachten Nation": as I mentioned before, the piece was initially entitled "Triumphmarsch der NSDAP" (see the 1932 record Patria 119, matrix no C 967); after the Nazis seized power, the "NSDAP" part was replaced with "erwachten Nation".

Cheers,
Ivan
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Ivan Ž.
Host - Music section
Posts: 6708
Joined: 05 Apr 2005 12:28
Location: Serbia

Electrola EG 2934

Post by Ivan Ž. » 12 May 2020 15:08

Electrola-EG-2934.jpg

Großer Kriegsmarsch aus „Rienzi“ 1. Teil
Composer: Richard Wagner
Instrumental Group: Musikzug der SS-Standarte 15
Conductor: SS-Obertruppführer Paul Hellmann
Recording Date: 11.1933
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

Großer Kriegsmarsch aus „Rienzi“ 2. Teil
Composer: Richard Wagner
Instrumental Group: Musikzug der SS-Standarte 15
Conductor: SS-Obertruppführer Paul Hellmann
Recording Date: 11.1933
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin



A rare (the only one known to me) commercial record with a Richard Wagner piece performed by an SS band (not counting the two LSSAH recordings of Sonntag's "Nibelungenmarsch", based on the motives from Wagner's "Ring"). The famous Wagner's 1842 opera "Rienzi" (Cola Rienzi, medieval Roman revolutionary) was the favourite opera of Adolf Hitler's, who attended one of its performances in his youth and was, apparently, deeply affected by it. According to his youth friend August Kubizek, years later, right before the outbreak of WWII, Hitler stated in a conversation with Wagner's daughter-in-law (Winifred) that it was that performance of "Rienzi" when "it all began" (In jener Stunde begann es - referring to his plans for Germany). Hitler also got the original score of the opera, for his 50th birthday (1939), which he took with him at the end of the war to his bunker, where its traces disappear (just like Hitler's). On this record, the band of SS-Standarte 15 led by Paul Hellmann (future bandmaster of the SS-Regiment "Germania") performed the "Großer Kriegsmarsch" (Grand War March) from the Finale of Act III. Hellmann previously used an excerpt from this piece as intro in his recording of the Hitler Youth anthem "Uns're Fahne flattert uns voran!" (Electrola EG 2850), identifying Hitler's struggle with Rienzi's (as Hitler also did himself).

Cheers,
Ivan
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

Return to “Music of the Reich”