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I know that the melodie is "Musketier' sind lust'ge Brüder" but I have no clue of this song, the far I undestood is "Unser Hauptmann..."
It is indeed the folk song "Musketier' sind lust'ge Brüder" (also known as "Siegreich woll'n wir Frankreich schlagen"), cut from Gustav Gnauck's march "Soldatenmut", a recording from 1940 by Hans Teichmann's band. It's the 2nd strophe: "Unser Hauptmann steigt zu Pferde, führt uns in das Feld. Siegreich woll'n wir Frankreich schlagen, sterben als ein tapfrer Held."
Being tied to the Franco-Prussian war (1870), the old "Musketier' sind lust'ge Brüder" song was repopularised during the invasion of France (1940). Composer Herms Niel used its melody in two of his war campaign songs: as closing tune in "Kamerad, wir marschieren im Westen!" (Frankreichlied) and as trio in "Gegen Briten und Franzosen" (Marsch nach der Melodie: Siegreich woll'n wir Frankreich schlagen). Teichmann's band recorded the old Gnauck's and the new Niel's compositions in one recording session, dedicated to the invasion of France.
As I wrote before - war and propaganda songs are not just music, as ignorant people often like to "think" and claim. There's much symbolism and hidden messages in them, above all the reminders of past conflicts with a certain nation, whose purpose is to reawake old enmity and hatred.
My question would be a bit complicated: Which pretty famous march and salon music composer (non-Jewish) was officially proclaimed as 'unwelcome' for the Waffen-SS bands? A small hint: His most famous march has a Latin title.
Correct! His music was considered 'unwelcome', because, according to the official ordinance of the SS-FHA from January 20, 1942, his compositions and arrangements 'distort' standart compositions of the German musical repertoire in 'escpecially kitchy and disrespectful manner' and make them to a corner stone of 'cheap and completely outmoded salon medleys'.
Okay!) An easy one: though this composer had achieved great success with his music for Olympic games of 1936, he was heavily attacked in the next year after the premiere of his new opus. What was it and why did it happen?
I’m guessing this would be Richard Strauss, he was heavily attacked since he had a Jewish daughter in law and his grandchildren were also Jewish, also he was using his influence as President of the Reichsmusikkamer to protect them.
"Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning."(Erwin Rommel)
Hi everyone !
I hope you all had a merry Christmas. Please receive my apologies for the delay in posting this new question...
Now you will have to identify this song, here interpreted by Carl Woitschach's Blasorchester :
Good luck and a happy New Year to all of you !