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Auceps wrote:A small remark: at his last concert at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Berlin in 1944, which was provided by Heeresmusikinspizient Prof. Schmidt and Stabsmusikmeister Stephan, the last piece was conducted by Berdien himself, and of course it was his "Junge Soldaten".
Hahah, thanks, Ivan! My question is simple: One German Musikmeister (who also served in the Wehrmacht) managed to compose a march that became an integrative part of every "Großer Zapfenstreich" behind the Berlin Wall until 1981. What was the name of this Musikmeister?
The answer is Otto Böhme (not an easy question for most members - perhaps it would be better to avoid the postwar era in the quiz, especially East Germany, which had more in common with the Soviet Union than with the Third Reich). Don't forget to confirm if the answer is correct!
Well, I took him because he was a prominent director of music already during the Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht period and since the piece that I've meant ("Für Frieden und Freundschaft") is musically way closer to the pieces from his cavalry career. But the answer is correct, so now it's your turn again!
Hint: don't be fooled by the lively arrangement! This well-known, traditional melody was usually played much slower, especially during the Third Reich era, when it was used as an anthem by one of its (in)famous organisations. The marching song in question, in which the old melody was incorporated (as a closing tune), was dedicated to this organisation.