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Odeon O-26331

Post by Ivan Ž. » 15 Oct 2007 14:17

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Auf Wiederhören! [Marsch]
Composer: Kurt Rehfeld
Musical Group: Militärorchester
Conductor: Heeres-Obermusikinspizient Prof. Hermann Schmidt
Recording Date: 21.04.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Plaza (Küstriner Platz 11), Konzertsaal
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin

Kameradentreue [Marsch]
Composer: August Bähre
Arranger: Martin Schröder
Musical Group: Militärorchester
Conductor: Heeres-Obermusikinspizient Prof. Hermann Schmidt
Recording Date: 21.04.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Plaza (Küstriner Platz 11), Konzertsaal
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin



"Auf Wiederhören!", meaning "until next listening" (common radio farewell salute), is a fine, jolly march composed by Kurt Rehfeld, probably in the late '30s while he was working for radio Stuttgart. Rehfeld joined the army in 1939 and served during WWII in France, Russia, Denmark and Italy; he was captured and kept in camps in the USA, Belgium and England, until 1947. He continued with his work after the war as well, as a composer and conductor (he led the Stuttgarter Rundfunkorchester). "Kameradentreue" was composed in 1937 by August Bähre, a composer and a music teacher at Leibnizschule in Hannover.

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Kurt Rehfeld
Born: 14.01.1920 Aufhausen
Died: 15.12.2011 Creglingen
Occupation: Composer; Arranger; Conductor

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August Bähre
Pseudonym: Erich-Lutz Marten
Born: 10.01.1888 Wietzen
Died: 30.01.1986 Hannover
Occupation: Composer; Music Teacher


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Martin Schröder
Born: 26.09.1878 Hamburg
Died: 01.12.1954 Hamburg
Occupation: Composer; Arranger
Political Party: NSDAP
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Telefunken A 10257

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Antje, mein blondes Kind [Walzerlied]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Heinrich Anacker
Arranger: Erich Gutzeit
Musical/Vocal Group: Stabsmusikkorps und Soldatenchor des Wachbataillons der Luftwaffe, Berlin
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Hans Teichmann
Recording Date: 06.01.1941
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Wir ziehen nach Engeland [Marschlied]
Composer: Hans Teichmann
Lyricist: Kurt Keil
Arranger: Ludwig Kletsch
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor des Wachbataillons der Luftwaffe, Berlin
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Hans Teichmann
Recording Date: 06.01.1941
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin



This version of "Antje, mein blondes Kind" is quite similar to previously mentioned RAD's; out of three, Teichmann's band recorded the first two strophes. "Wir ziehen nach Engeland" ("Wir haben sie lange getragen..."), composed by the conductor himself, is an anti-British, typical Kriegsmarine song, with an accordion accompaniment. It speaks about sailors, led by the Leader (Führer), saying goodbye to their girlfriends and leaving to fight the British "bloody sea-pirates". Teichmann and his men recorded three strophes.

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Hans Teichmann
Born: 12.06.1888 Chemnitz
Died: 05.02.1961 Langenhagen
Occupation: Composer; Arranger; Military Bandleader [Inf.-Rgt. 91; Fl.Ho. Delmenhorst; LKKdo II; Wach-Btl. d. LW]
Rank/Title: Stabsmusikmeister (Hauptmann)


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Kurt Keil
Born: ?
Died: ?
Occupation: ?


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Ludwig Kletsch
Born: 13.06.1908 München
Died: 14.12.1961 Munch
Occupation: Composer; Arranger; Pianist


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Stabsmusikkorps des Wachbataillons der Luftwaffe
Location: Berlin
Founded: ?
Dissolved: ?
Bandleader: 1936-1944 Hans Teichmann
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Grammophon 1 1297

Post by behemoth » 16 Oct 2007 07:07

The following two selections are performed by S. Sturmbann 12 and conducted by Martin Ewers. Thanks to Ivan for "Photoshopping" the labels.

This orchestra and it's conductor were contemporaries of Carl Woitschach and his many similar recordings on Telefunken. In my estimation, this was Grammophon's answer to Woitschach's popular work there. Ewers catalog, while not as large as that of Woitschach (nor as well known,) can be described as significant in this early era.

Volk, an’s Gewehr: this is a familiar Marschlied of the S.A. performed in an appropriately deliberate style - slower tempo but infused with energy and tension. The orchestra gives a good performance - but it is Rolf Sandor's vocal that gives the record my rating of excellent. Sandor's enthusiasm and feel for the material really comes through. The choir gives a solid performance, but not brilliant.

Deutschlands Waffenehre: this is a solid up tempo march some of you may know. Although it doesn't measure up to the quality of many of the marches recorded by Woitschach for Telefunken in the same period, this may be due to technical rather than performance issues.

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Volk, an’s Gewehr! (Siehst du im Osten das Morgenrot?) [Kampflied der SA-Standarte 7]
Dedication: Meinem verehrten Gauleiter Pg. Dr. Goebbels in dankbarer Erinnerung herzlich zugeeignet
Composer/Lyricist: SA-Sturmbannführer Arno Pardun
Vocalist: Rolf Sandor
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Musical Group: Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12, Berlin
Conductor: Musikzugführer Martin Ewers
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin

Deutschlands Waffenehre [Marsch] [Op. 58]
Composer: Hermann Ludwig Blankenburg
Musical Group: Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12, Berlin
Conductor: Musikzugführer Martin Ewers
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin

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Grammophon 1 1342

Post by behemoth » 16 Oct 2007 07:09

Up until now, the performers of these two songs have been largely uncredited. It is satisfying to give the following information, finally.

Es pfeift von allen Dächern: this is the well known version of the SA Marschlied with the spoken commands in the intro and the salutes (e.g. Sieg Heil's) at the end. It's ranks as one of the best versions known of this march, which is also notable for it's anti-semitic lyrics. The orchestra and choir give a very spirited performance.

Brüder in Zechen und Gruben: again, here we have the best known version of this march. The melody was taken from a march of the Communist Red Front called "Brüder zur Sonne zur Freiheit" and the lyrics changed to suite the National Socialist movement. This was a brilliant propaganda ploy.

Uncredited solo vocalist on this recording is confirmed to be S.S. Flieger Rolf Sandor who performed many others with this group.

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Wiener Jungarbeiterlied (Es pfeift von allen Dächern)
Composer: Fritz Mahrer
Lyricist: Dr. Roman Hädelmayr
Vocalist: SS-Flieger Rolf Sandor
Vocal Group: Chor des SA-Sturms 3/12, Berlin
Musical Group: Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12, Berlin
Conductor: Musikzugführer Martin Ewers
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin

Brüder in Zechen und Gruben
Melody: Смело, товарищи, в ногу/ Composer: Anonym
Lyricist: Anonym
Vocalist: SS-Flieger Rolf Sandor
Vocal Group: Chor des SA-Sturms 3/12, Berlin
Musical Group: Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12, Berlin
Conductor: Musikzugführer Martin Ewers
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin

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Telefunken A 10343

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Leb’ wohl, Irene! (Lied der Flak-Fahrer)
Composer/Lyricist: Robert H. Bork
Arranger: Bernhard Kutsch
Musical/Vocal Group: Stabsmusikkorps und Soldatenchor des Wachbataillons der Luftwaffe, Berlin
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Hans Teichmann
Recording Date: 24.07.1941
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Lebe wohl, du kleine Monika (Stammlied der Propaganda-Kompanien)
Composer: Hans Carste
Lyricist: Feldwebel Hellmut Boerner
Arranger: Hermann Männecke
Musical/Vocal Group: Stabsmusikkorps und Soldatenchor des Wachbataillons der Luftwaffe, Berlin
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Hans Teichmann
Recording Date: 24.07.1941
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin



"Leb’ wohl, Irene!" ("Wir fahren hin und her...") is a 1941 song about a four-member-crew of a 2 cm Flak (Flugabwehrkanone) and their girls Irene, Sophie, Marlene and Marie. Very popular and recorded for each record company by its leading performer of military tracks. Heyn-Quartett recorded probably the most "authentic" version, if it can be called as such, in which each member of the quartet says goodbye to one of the girls, imitating the four members of a Flak crew. Teichmann and his men recorded the complete song here (three strophes). This version of already mentioned "Lebe wohl, du kleine Monika" is without a doubt The best recording of the song; Soldatenchor did an excellent job here and, unlike other, too soft recordings, this one was sung in a real, stiff military way... Out of original four, the first two strophes were recorded.

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Robert H. Bork
Born: 16.05.1895 Berlin
Died: ?
Occupation: Composer; Lyricist; Pianist; Music Teacher
Political Party: NSDAP
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Grammophon E 11613

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Parodie auf die „Siegfried-Linie“
Composer: Fritz Ganss
Arranger: Hanns Steinkopf
Vocal Group: Waldo-Favré-Chor, Berlin
Musical Group: Tanzorchester; Blasorchester
Conductor: Hanns Steinkopf
Recording Date: 13.09.1941
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Contents: The Washing on the Siegfried Line [Carr/Kennedy], Königgrätzer Marsch [Piefke/Anonym], Lied einer Kriegsberichter-Kompanie [Carr/Anonym]

Sieg Heil - Viktoria! [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Prof. Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Musical Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Hauptmusikzugführer Prof. Herms Niel
Recording Date: 09.09.1941
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



"Parodie auf die Siegfried-Linie" is a parody of the famous British 1939 song "(We're Gonna Hang Out) The Washing on the Siegfried Line", written by an Irish, Jimmy Kennedy, while serving in the British Army's Royal Artillery, and composed by a British-Jew, Michael Carr (born Cohen). Author of the German lyrics remains unknown. Parody begins with original English lyrics, in a jolly rhythm, but it's soon being stopped by Stuka bombing; British chorus somehow continues singing, only slower now, but another Stuka attack follows; after a short silence, a lonely voice cries "Stuka! Stuka..."; chorus struggles to sing again, but the melody is already completely twisted; the lonely voice finishes the singing, almost crying, which is followed by the trumpet playing that famous "disappointing sound" ("wah, wah, wah..."); suddenly, the "Königgrätzer Marsch" breaks the silence and now the German chorus takes over the song and sings lively their version ("Ja, mein Junge..."), known as "Lied einer Kriegsberichter-Kompanie" (2. KB-Kompanie). Everything ends with the old "Königgrätzer Marsch", as a victorious march. Parody was composed, or better said dramatized (referring to the idea of incorporating the original British song, bombing and the "Königgrätzer Marsch") by the record producer Fritz Ganss, and arranged for two orchestra's by the leading radio arranger and conductor, Hanns Steinkopf. Parody was recorded exclusively by Steinkopf himself, with two orchestras, and he recorded it for Grammophon, Telefunken, Electrola and radio. Two Grammophon takes are known to be released, the 2nd and 4th. Presented here is the 2nd take, in which can be heard the following error: German singer pretending to be British sings "The Washing in the Siegfried Line", instead of "on". This was corrected in the 4th take, which was released on the same record (identical number/label). Two German strophes were recorded. The "Siegfried Line" (German "Westwall") was a German defence system, built in '30s (opposite the French "Maginot Line"); it was more than than 630 km long and stretched from Kleve on the border with the Netherlands, to the Weil am Rhein on the border to Switzerland, with more than 18000 bunkers, tunnels and tank traps. It was finally destroyed in 1945. "Sieg Heil - Viktoria!" ("Ade, mein liebes Schätzelein...") begins with an excellent marching tune (played at first by a fife and drum, resembling the traditional "Lockmarsch"); it is a stiff, victorious song against the Allied forces and their leaders Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, with refrain filled with the well-known paroles: Gloria - Sieg Heil - Viktoria. It is interesting that Roosevelt was mentioned in the song - considering it was recorded three months before Germany declared war on the USA. Four strophes were recorded. Note: this [the only] recording of "Sieg Heil - Viktoria!" is today online often credited as LSSAH's - which is an utter nonsense, made up in the ridiculous pirate CD (RMK) with the same title.

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Michael Carr
Born: 1_.03.190_ Leeds
Died: 16.09.1968 London
Occupation: Composer; Lyricist; Journalist; Actor

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Jimmy Kennedy
Born: 20.07.1902 Omagh
Died: 06.04.1984 Cheltenham
Occupation: Lyricist

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Fritz Ganss
Born: 28.11.1898
Died: __.__.1976
Occupation: Record Producer

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Hanns Steinkopf
Born: 17.01.1901 Darmstadt
Died: 08.03.1972 Las Palmas
Occupation: Composer; Arranger; Conductor
Political Party: NSDAP

Photo Source: Ullstein Bild

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Waldo Favré
Born: 22.04.1895 Санкт-Петербург
Died: 01.12.1963 Berlin
Occupation: Choral Director
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Gloria GO-10870

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Lore, Lore (Des Försters Töchterlein)
Composer/Lyricist: Anonym
Arranger: Alexander Heinz Flessburg
Vocal Group: Chor des SA-Sturms 25/10, Berlin
Musical Group: Musikzug der SS-Standarte 42, Berlin
Conductor: Musikzugführer Alexander Heinz Flessburg
Recording Date: 25.08.1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum IV
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin

Lisa (Des Morgens um halb viere)
Composer/Lyricist: Anonym
Arranger: Albert Muhs
Vocal Group: Chor des SA-Sturms 1/2, Berlin
Musical Group: Musikzug der SS-Standarte 42, Berlin
Conductor: Musikzugführer Alexander Heinz Flessburg
Recording Date: 12.10.1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum II
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin



Two well-known folk songs, without a doubt the most famous "pair of girls" of 1933 and in the SA, recorded and released together many times and played by various artists - SS, SA, army and civilian. Here we can hear a mix SS and SA performers, conducted by 60-year-old Flessburg, who will die three years later. "Lore, Lore" ("In einem tiefen Walde...") is a song about a forest ranger's daughter; the 1st half of its refrain was taken from the sailors' song "Ruhig durch die blauen Wogen" (Glori, Glori, Glori, Gloria), which was set to the famous American melody "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah". "Lisa" ("Des Morgens, des Morgens um halb viere...") is a song about about a local waitress, who eases the hard army-serving days with a good old Schnapps. There were several variants of both songs' lyrics and "Lisa" also used to be adapted for the SA; although the performers here were political, they recorded the traditional version for the army reserve troops ("Lisa, Lisa, schenke dem Reservemann noch mal ein...") and not the one for the SA ("Lisa, Lisa, schenke dem Hitlermann..."). This version of "Lore" has two strophes and "Lisa" three strophes recorded. Both songs are very nicely performed.

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Alexander Heinz Flessburg
Born: 31.07.1873 Leobschütz
Died: __.09.1936 Berlin
Occupation: Composer; Arranger; Military Bandleader [Kais. Yacht „Hohenzollern“; Küstenw.-Abt. 1; SS-Standarte 42]; Military Musician [2. Matr.-Div.]
Rank/Title: Marine-Obermusikmeister; SS-Obersturmführer

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Albert Muhs
Born: 18.06.1879 Reetz
Died: 20.03.1943 Bielefeld
Occupation: Composer; Arranger; Military Bandleader [Ausb.-Btl./Inf.-Rgt. 9; II. Btl./Inf.-Rgt. 17; I. Btl./Inf.-Rgt. 87; Inf.-Rgt. 70; Inf.-Rgt. 5; Inf.-Rgt. 19]
Rank/Title: Stabsmusikmeister (Hauptmann)


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Chor des SA-Sturms 25 des S. Sturmbanns 10
Location: Berlin
Founded: ?
Dissolved: ?


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Chor des SA-Sturms 1 der SA-Standarte 2 „Kütemeyer“
Location: Berlin
Founded: ?
Dissolved: ?


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Musikzug der SS-Standarte 42
Location: Berlin
Founded: ?
Dissolved: ?
Bandleader: Alexander Heinz Flessburg; Franz Ahlow; ?
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Gloria GO-13219

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Die Freude gibt uns Kraft [Marsch]
Composer: Willi Lautenschläger
Lyricist: Richard Bars
Arranger: Hermann Männecke
Vocal Group: Die fünf Parodisters, Berlin
Musical Group: Blasorchester Carl Woitschach, Berlin
Recording Date: 04.05.1934
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum II
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin

Schön blüh’n die Heckenrosen [Ein neues Lied für den Marsch und Kameradschaftsabend]
Composer: Felix Gleßmer
Lyricist: Reinhold Fischer
Arranger: Carl Woitschach
Vocal Group: Die fünf Parodisters, Berlin
Musical Group: Blasorchester Carl Woitschach, Berlin
Recording Date: 04.05.1934
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum II
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin



"Die Freude gibt uns Kraft" was created in 1934 for the KdF [Kraft durch Freude] branch of the DAF [Deutsche Arbeitsfront]. This is its second known recording; the first one was made two weeks earlier, by the band of Leibstandarte-SS. This particular recording of the previously mentioned "Schön blüh’n die Heckenrosen" is the first known recording of the song. The 2nd known recording was made five months later, again by the band of Leibstandarte-SS. Woitschach and his men recorded the first two strophes here (out of the original three).

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Willi Lautenschläger
Pseudonym: José Armándola; Edwin Haller; A. Nippon; Udo Türmer; James Wanson
Born: 27.02.1880 Bonn
Died: 22.12.1949 Bad Imnau
Occupation: Composer; Pianist
Political Party: NSDAP


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Richard Bars
Pseudonym: Richard Balders
Born: 15.08.1890 Berlin-Spandau
Died: 05.10.1987
Occupation: Librettist; Lyricist

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Grammophon 1 1199

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Revue-Marsch (Parademarsch des 89. Regiments) [AM II, 258]
Composer: August Reckling
Musical Group: Stahlhelmkapelle, Landesverband Groß-Berlin
Conductor: Obermusikmeister a. D. Richard Knoch
Recording Date: 1931
Recording Location: Berlin, Hochschule für Musik (Fasanenstraße 1b)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin

Alte Kameraden [Marsch]
Composer: Carl Teike
Musical Group: Stahlhelmkapelle, Landesverband Groß-Berlin
Conductor: Obermusikmeister a. D. Richard Knoch
Recording Date: 1931
Recording Location: Berlin, Hochschule für Musik (Fasanenstraße 1b)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin



Two excellent and famous marches, perfectly performed by a Stahlhelm band. "Revue-Marsch" was composed in 1886 in Schwerin by August Reckling (Musikdirektor in the Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 14) for the local Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 89; it used to be also the Parademarsch des Königlich Sächsischen Fuß-Artillerie-Regiments Nr. 12 (Metz); in the III Reich period it was the Parademarsch des SS-Pionier-Bataillons (Dresden) and the Parademarsch des Panzer-Regiments 5 (Wünsdorf). Since 1925 Armeemarsch II, 258 and later also Heeresmarsch II, 115. March "Alte Kameraden" was already mentioned, on page 1.

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August Reckling
Born: 16.11.1843 Wendisch-Priborn
Died: 30.12.1922 Dobberton
Occupation: Composer; Arranger; Military Bandleader [Jäg.-Btl. 14]
Rank/Title: Musikdirektor


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Richard Knoch
Born: 18.11.1887 Burgk-Moschlich
Died: 25.01.1969 Berlin-Spandau
Occupation: Composer; Military Bandleader [Pi.-Btl. 3; Stahlhelm LV Groß-Berlin; Inf.-Rgt. 69]
Rank/Title: Stabsmusikmeister (Hauptmann)

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Stahlhelmkapelle, Landesverband Groß-Berlin
Location: Berlin
Founded: ?
Dissolved: 07.11.1935
Bandleader: Richard Knoch
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Electrola EG 2996

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Ruck-zuck! [Marsch- und Tanzlied]
Composer: Herms Niel
Arranger: Josef Sommer
Vocal Group: Männerchor der Städtischen Oper, Berlin
Musical Group: Blasorchester Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1934
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

Liebchen, ade! (Annemarie) [Marschpolka]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Anonym; Herms Niel
Arranger: Josef Sommer
Vocal Group: Männerchor der Städtischen Oper, Berlin
Musical Group: Blasorchester Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1934
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin



Two early Herms Niel's recordings and some of his all-time biggest hits, both composed in 1934 (they were often recorded in pair by other III Reich performers as well). "Ruck-zuck!" ("Es steht ein kleines Häuselein - auf der Alm...") is a nice and jolly soldiers' love song. Niel wrote the lyrics for the 1st strophe and the other four were copied from Wilhelm Hauff's "Steh' ich in finstrer Mitternacht" (Niel only added "auf der Alm" and "tralalalalala" between the lines); the 1st half of the refrain was also written by Niel and the 2nd half was copied (together with melody) from the folk song "Wie die Blümlein draußen zittern" (a.k.a. "Ach bleib bei mir"). As I already wrote, the song has five strophes, and the first two were recorded here. Well-performed, with lots of "hei" and "yahoo" shouting (note: Niel was the only performer who opened this song with a cappella chorus shouting "Hei! Ruck! Zuck!", which can be heard here as well). "Liebchen, ade!" ("Liebchen, ade! Scheiden tut weh, Annemarie...") was - and still is - very popular song (today best known as "Annemarie-Polka"), about a young couple, a soldier and his girl Annemarie, saying goodbye to each other on a railway station; she is crushed, crying, but he remains firm and comforts her, saying that even death won't separate them. Lyrics were based on the folk song with the same name (written around 1816 and previously also known as "Schätzchen, ade"); Niel just added the name Annemarie between the lines and several lines of his own. It has three strophes, Niel here recorded all of them. Three years later, Niel composed a medley of his biggest hits, and he opened and closed it with these two songs - and also named it after them: "Ruck-zuck - Annemarie".

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Josef Sommer
Pseudonym: José Verano
Born: 26.09.1881 Berlin-Zehlendorf
Died: 12.12.1935 Potsdam-Eiche
Occupation: Composer; Arranger


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Männerchor der Städtischen Oper
Location: Berlin-Charlottenburg
Founded: ?
Choral Director: ?
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Re: Telefunken A 2630

Post by Tintin1689 » 03 Nov 2007 01:45

These reviews are fascinating and there is little I can add to them

However I can give a little background on the Germania March

The composer was the bandmaster of the Rifle Fusilier Regt from Saxony (108th) and his band was engaged to play at the annual dinner of the Germania Choral Society. When they arrived at their lodgings the night before it became apparent that the custom at this dinner was for the act to debut an original work. They had not been aware of this and the march and its band parts were written in one, sleepless, night

It is an unusual and stirring march

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Re: Telefunken A 2630

Post by Ivan Ž. » 03 Nov 2007 12:50

Thanks for the extra info!

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Electrola EG 2774

Post by behemoth » 05 Nov 2007 04:06

Next, here are two marches by the lesser known but excellent orchestra led by Alfred Engel on Electrola.

Little is actually known of Engel himself. He was born 27. Dec. 1884 but his place and date of death are not known. He was a Berliner who joined the Nazi party in 1931. A complete discography of his works is not known. However he performed, in addition to the two above, Pardun's "Volk, ans Gewehr" and "Als die goldene Abendsonne" also for Electrola at the same time, around 1933. He also recorded a version of "Deutscher Föhn" for Grammophon.

The two songs above are synonymous with the NS time period. Both were performed and recorded often by SA, military and civilian orchestras and even popular groups. The version or Horst Wessel Lied on this disc is very good and includes commands from the SA band leader in the intro. Engel's band represents the great quality of paramilitary music coming out of the Reich in this early period.

Dave

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Horst-Wessel-Lied (Die Fahne hoch!)
Melody: ?/ Composer: Anonym
Lyricist: Horst Wessel
Arranger: Hans Bajer
Vocal Group: SS- und SA-Chor, Berlin
Musical Group: Deutsches Blasorchester, Berlin
Conductor: Pg. Alfred Engel
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

Märkische Heide [Marsch]
Composer: Paul Lincke
Trio: Brandenburger Lied (Märkische Heide)/ Composer/Lyricist: Gustav Büchsenschütz
Vocal Group: SS- und SA-Chor, Berlin
Musical Group: Deutsches Blasorchester, Berlin
Conductor: Pg. Alfred Engel
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

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Tempo 5069

Post by Ivan Ž. » 16 Nov 2007 15:47

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Boccaccio-Marsch
Composer: Franz von Suppé
Music: Boccaccio [Komische Operette in drei Akten]/ Composer: Franz von Suppé
Musical Group: Musikkorps des Regiments „General Göring“, Berlin
Conductor: Musikmeister Hans Frieß
Recording Date: 1941
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf

Fliegermarsch
Composer: Ernst Urbach
Musical Group: Musikkorps des Regiments „General Göring“, Berlin
Conductor: Musikmeister Hans Frieß
Recording Date: 1941
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf



"Boccaccio-Marsch" was composed by Franz von Suppé in 1879; he based it on the motifs from his comic operetta "Boccaccio", which premiered the same year. "Fliegermarsch" was composed in 1911 by Ernst Urbach (composer best known for his march "Per aspera ad astra"). Nice and smooth performance by the band of Regiment "General Göring" (in two years upgraded to Division "Hermann Göring").

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Giovanni Boccaccio
Born: __.__.1313
Died: 21.12.1375 Certaldo
Occupation: Writer; Poet

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Franz von Suppé
Born: 18.04.1819 Split
Died: 21.05.1895 Wien
Occupation: Composer; Conductor

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Ernst Urbach
Pseudonym: Ernst Rubach
Born: 19.03.1872 Burg
Died: 08.06.1927 St. Blasien
Occupation: Composer; Arranger; Flautist


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Hans Frieß
Born: 11.06.1910 Mainz-Bischofsheim
Died: __.__.1985
Occupation: Military Bandleader [Flak-Rgt. 5; Div. „Hermann Göring“; 11. Pz.-Gren.-Div.]
Rank/Title: Musikmeister (Leutnant); Major

Photo Source: Richard S. Collection

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Musikkorps des Regiments „General Göring“
Location: Berlin
Founded: ?
Dissolved: ?
Bandleader: 1936-1940 Paul Haase; 1940-194_ Hans Frieß

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Odeon O-26381

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Wenn ich Urlaub hab’! [Marschlied]
Composer: Gerhard Winkler
Lyricist: Ralph Maria Siegel
Arranger: Franz Stolzenwald
Vocal Group: Die Metropol-Vokalisten, Berlin
Musical Group: Musikkorps der Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur Berlin-Staaken
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Hasso Boss
Recording Date: 20.12.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum II
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin

Die Landpartie (Wenn die Sonne scheint, Annemarie) [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Die Metropol-Vokalisten, Berlin
Musical Group: Musikkorps der Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur Berlin-Staaken
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Hasso Boss
Recording Date: 20.10.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Carl Lindström AG (Schlesische Straße 26-27), Raum II
Record Company: Carl Lindström AG, Berlin



"Wenn ich Urlaub hab’!" ("Heute geht's hinaus, weit fort von dir...") is a 1939 song, a huge hit, recorded by both military and civilian musicians; it is one of the earliest songs from WWII (not a propaganda song), about a soldier leaving his girlfriend to fight for the beloved Fatherland, impatiently waiting for the first vacation and the reunion with her. Song has three strophes, the first two were recorded here. Gerhard Winkler was a composer of mostly light music, but he also left behind him a couple of military pieces, which were generally recorded by the band of Fliegerhorst Königsberg/Neumark (Winkler served at the Fliegerhorst Königsberg/Neumark since 1940 and he also composed a march for their commander Hermann Kuhrt, and named it "Unser Kommandeur"). For more info on Gerhard Winkler, visit his son's (Hans Andreas Winkler) excellent website. In previously mentioned "Die Landpartie" [see page 1], the first two strophes (out of three) were recorded. This recording was originally released on Odeon O-26361, where it was paired with Größmann/Breuer's song "Rosemarie".

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Gerhard Winkler
Pseudonym: Gerhard Gerwin; Gerda Herman; Ben Benn
Born: 12.09.1906 Berlin-Neukölln
Died: 25.09.1977 Kempten
Occupation: Composer; Arranger; Pianist

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Ralph Maria Siegel
Born: 08.06.1911 München
Died: 02.08.1972 München
Occupation: Composer; Lyricist; Writer; Music Publisher; Singer

Photo Source: Ullstein Bild

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Franz Stolzenwald
Pseudonym: Dewally
Born: 17.09.1899 Berlin (Rixdorf)
Died: 29.08.1969 Berlin
Occupation: Composer; Arranger


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Hasso Boss
Born: 17.02.1883 Tilsit
Died: __.__.1947
Occupation: Composer; Military Bandleader [Inf.-Rgt. 3; SA-Standarte 15; Ausb.-Btl./Inf.-Rgt. 3; Fl.Ho. Berlin-Staaken; Flak-Ers.-Abt. 12]
Rank/Title: Stabsmusikmeister (Hauptmann)
Political Party: NSDAP


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Musikkorps der Fliegerhorst-Kommandantur Berlin-Staaken
Location: Berlin-Staaken
Founded: ?
Dissolved: ?
Bandleader: Hasso Boss; ?
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