This $2 album is the last in the series of German records I have been posting for Oktoberfest which concludes this year on Oct 3 which by my calculations is today. What seemed to be a fun exercise in German music has lead to me greatly tiring of this and ready to move on to new things. Also, at the time of this writing, it is the Saturday after the landing of Hurricane Harvey which as you know by now, did not do much to the City of Houston other than a flash flood warning in a whole lot of counties(ED Note. The Carnage flooding was yet to come). You are probably asking as well if I bought every single marching band album during my Memorial Day trip to the Half Price Books on Veteran’s Memorial. No. I would say I bought around 1/8 of them.
The title of this album translates into “German Marches from the Prussian Collection”. According to the back of this record, the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III, in 1817 oversaw to historic actions. First, he unified the Prussian Protestant churches. This was the first time such a unification took place in a German State. Second, and important to this narrative, he ordered a collection begin of predominately German military marches. The list initially included 36 slow marches and 36 quick marches but quickly grew not only in size but in scope.
At the last time of publication, 1913, the collection included 100 slow marches, 243 quick marches, and 138 Calvary marches (all Prussian). The collection also included 35 Russian, 22 Austrian, 11 Italian, 4 French, 2 Swedish, and 1 dutch marches.
So this album is a collection of German marches as collected by the Royal Prussian Army. This was released in 1976. The liner notes point out that these marches are both totally original at times as well as derivative of popular operas of the time. Other than that, this is the third marching band album I have had to both listen to and write about so I am kind of at a loss in both categories.
For a sample, I went with the majestic “Festmarsch II 1871, Jan 18” which I believed celebrated the formation of the second German Empire between Kaiser Wilhem I and Otto Von Bismark.
This should come as no surprise if you have been reading the other posts but meh. Could have used a lower price for these as well as the other albums. Hope your Oktoberfest was fun and entertaining.