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At the very first: NOBODY HAS PERMISSION TO POST HERE WITHOUT MY OR BOOTIE´S ALLOWANCE!!! Every unauthorized Posting will deleted immediately. If You want to share a March or Marching Song do it into the unordered Array! Here I try to build up a sorted Library.

At that Section You´ll find all german Marches till to the end of the 3rd Reich. That means Marches without Lyrics. Also Songs without Lyrics or other Tunes who can´t set into the other Sections.

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Radetzky March, Op. 228, is a march composed by Johann Strauss Sr. in 1848. It was dedicated to the Austrian Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, and became quite a popular march among soldiers.

When it was first played, in front of Austrian officers in attendance, they promptly clapped and stomped their feet when they heard the chorus. This tradition is carried over today when the march is played in classical music venues in Vienna, among members of the audience who are familiar with the tradition. It is almost always played as the last piece of music at the Neujahrskonzert, the Vienna New Year Concert.

Despite its military nature, its tone is rather festive than martial. This is because the Field Marshal could have executed the son of Strauss who served in the army, but chose not to. The march is thus more of a piece by a thankful father to the savior of his son than a march about a military man. It is usually played in under three minutes.

The Swedish department store chain Åhléns traditionally played the Radetzky March on a loop beginning about ten minutes before closing time to remind customers to complete their selections and head for the tills. This has resulted in an almost Pavlovian reaction amongst a certain generation of Swedes to look about for an exit when they hear this piece played.

Since 1899 it has been the official presentation march of the Chilean Army's Military School of the Liberator Bernardo O'Higgins. The 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards adopted the Radetzky March as its regimental quick march.
 

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The march (original title is "Badonviller Marsch") was written in 1914 for the royal-bavarian guard infantry regiment. Composer was the bavarian military bandsman Georg Fürst. Reason was the success of the guards in the beginning of the WW 1. At Lorraine the bavarians were victorious about the french. The march count as the favoured march of Adolf Hitler and was his used march for his entrance in public. Because "Badenweiler Marsch" sounds more german as "Badonviller Marsch" the name was changed during the area of the Nazis.

The Badenweiler Mar(s)ch is a well-known Bavarian military march by Georg Fürst (1870-1936).

Fürst composed this tune as the Badonviller March for the Royal Bavarian Infantry Guard Regiment. The title refers to fighting on 12 August 1914 near Badonviller (“Badenweiler”) in French Lorraine, where the Royal Bavarian Infantry Guard Regiment (Königlich Bayerisches Infanterie-Leib-Regiment) achieved a first victory against the French at the beginning of the First World War. The composer's lively two-tone entrance motif was by some accounts inspired by the duotonic sirens of field ambulances, with which the wounded were removed. This march is included in the Heeresmarsch as HM II, 256.

The march is often reported as Adolf Hitler's favourite, and was often played as the Führer's "entrance theme," if Hitler were to make an appearance somewhere.[1][2] Also, in features from the National Socialist period or in newsreels (e.g. “Deutsche Wochenschau” etc.) the march was often pasted into the audio track as background music when appearances of Hitler were shown. However, Hitler is quoted in Traudl Junge's autobiography, Until the Final Hour, as denying that it was his favourite march, and was merely misconstrued that way because of a favourable remark he had made about it. It is subtitled as "The Fuhrer's favourite march" in The Triumph of the Will during the massive revue parade through Nuremberg by the end of the parade when the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler marches through.[3]
 

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Preußens Gloria, Armeemarschsammlung II, 240, is a well-known military march of the 19th century. Its composer was Johann Gottfried Piefke (1817–1884).

"Preußens Gloria" ("The Glory of Prussia" or "Prussia's Glory") was written in 1871 after the Kingdom of Prussia's victory in the Franco-Prussian War, which led to the unification of Germany. For the victory parade of the returned troops the march was performed for the first time in public in Frankfurt (Oder), the base of Piefke's garrison.

As Piefke only performed it on important occasions, the march was unknown to a broader public for a long time. In 1909 the manuscript of the almost forgotten tune turned up and was reworked by army-musical inspector Prof. Grawert. Shortly afterwards it was included in the collection of Prussian army marches.

Today it is one of the best known German army marches. It is often played by the Bundeswehr on official ceremonies and state visits. It is also a standard tune in many international military bands. In Germany it is often played by non-professional bands due to its popularity. It has also been adopted by units in other armies, for example by the First Squadron, Honourable Artillery Company. The song is often played by marching bands in Northern Ireland.
 

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"Prinz Eugenius, der edle Ritter "

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History of Das Prinz Eugen Lied

Louis Jules de Savoie, Colonel of a Imperial Dragoons Regiment, died in Wien, during the turkish siege, the 12 july 1683, since his wounds he suffered at the fight of Petronel.

His brother, Eugene de Savoie heard the news, and immeditaley he left for Wien: the Emperor had said he wanted only one people from the House of Savoie in his Army. The Brother Louis Jules had died, now it was his time.

The Great Victory of the 12 september 1683 was the baptisem of fire for the young Eugene; he was then 20 years old. He fought with his Cousin the Margrave Ludwig von Baden.


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The 6 november he was at Linz, where the Emperor Leopold I, since his extremely good military values, and to assure this young chieftain in the imperial Army, promised him the Command of the first aviable Dragoon Regiment, since the bother's Regiment had et a new Colonel.

The 11 december 1683 Prinz Eugen became the Colonel of the Dragoon Regiment Kufstein. Eugene gave to this unit the new name of Dragoons Savoyen. Eugen wanted his Regiment to be a model for all the cavalry Regiment of the Imperial Army. He loved his Dragoons all his life long. Regiment Savoyen (N. 9) had new uniforms and equipment; new uniforms, weapons, horses and, of course, a new Regimental March. A new Regimental Fanfare 1683 was composed by Emil Kaiser.

The Regiment made a parade in the street of Wien, and it greatly surprized for its splendid magnificence all the citizen and the Emperor.

From the Fanfare by Emil Kaiser, in 1710 was played the "Prinz Eugen Marsch", written by a anonymous musician; the Marsch had at the end the same title but a completely different score.

During the War against the Turks, before his departure, the 14th may 1717, Eugen had a farewell visit to Empeor Chales VI, who gave him a precious golden Holycross, with the engraved the motto "Jesus Christ Generalissimo", reccomending to take care of himself and to give news as soon as possible. From the other side, Prinz Eugen asked the Emperor to cherish his Will [5].

In the mind of Prinz Eugen that had not to be a battle where you had to conquer a normal Victory or to suffer a sad defait: that affaire was a matter of life or death.

Or i will take Belgrade,
or the Turks will take me.

Prinz Eugen

The 19th October 1717 Prinz Eugen came back in Wien, where he met the Emperor Charles VI, who gave him a diamond-studded sword since his victory of Belgrade. This battle was the crowning achievement of his militar career, and it was also his last victory. A suitable and enduring way to commemorate the Battle of Belgrade was the famous song of one of the german troopers "Das Prinz Eugen Lied", probably composed on the notes of the "Prinz Eugen Marsch" by one of the bavarian soldiers that fought that day [1]. In fact, tuned up by a private, it was, uninterruptely, played in Austria and in all the Countries of Germany, proclaiming everywhere the Glory of the Victor of the Battle of Belgrade [2].

Regarded as the Greatest of the Generals that won over the Turkish foe, Eugene de Savoy was naturally rembered by austrian and german traditions as the last Defensor of the Christanity, der edle Ritter, the "Noble Knight", of the "Prinz Eugen Lied"[3].

The Prince was so celebrated in that way, since everywhere still enjoyed great favour the chivalry virtues of courage, loyalty and self-discipline; so not only the common people but also nobles played the Prinz Eugen Lied, the song of a man reverenced as "Sire des honnetes gens" [4].

The Battle of Belgrade was a great victory, and the song "der Prinz Eugen Lied" was soon composed, as we has seen. The notes of the song were written by di Jacques de St. Luc, Marsch in the "zur Ankunft des Prinzen Eugen".

Yet in 1865, on the old score, Josef Strauss wrote a new "Prinz Eugen Marsch" op. 186.

The traditions about Prinz Eugen, perfect Christian Hero, courageous General, nightmare of the Turks, Victor of the French, Noble Knight, flourished expecially in Austria and inside the Kingdom of Sardinia. Prinz Eugen was the cousin of the Duke of Savoy, and then the first King of Sardinia Victor Amadeus II. Both cousins fought together, and even against each other, several times. Their best coordinated action was the Battle of Turin, the 7 september 1706. So the Italian Armed Forces, of wich some units have their traditions from the old Piedmontese Regiments, and some of these fought under the Great Prince, and on their Flag Honours is still today present his memory… and also in the Music, of course. The Italian Cavalry March is the "Marcia del Principe Eugenio" (Prince Eugene March) [10].
 

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The Ride of the Valkyries (German: Walkürenritt or Ritt der Walküren) is the popular term for the beginning of Act III of Die Walküre, the second of the four operas by Richard Wagner that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen. The main theme of the Ride, the leitmotif labelled Walkürenritt, was first written down by the composer on 23 July 1851. The preliminary draft for the Ride was composed in 1854 as part of the composition of the entire opera, which was fully orchestrated by the end of the first quarter of 1856. Together with the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, the Ride of the Valkyries is one of Wagner's best-known pieces.

In the opera house, the Ride, which takes around eight minutes, begins in the prelude to the Act, building up successive layers of accompaniment until the curtain rises to reveal a mountain peak where four of the eight Valkyrie sisters of Brünnhilde have gathered in preparation for the transportation of fallen heroes to Valhalla. As they are joined by the other four, the familiar tune is carried by the orchestra, while, above it, the Valkyries greet each other and sing their battle-cry. Apart from the song of the Rhinemaidens in Das Rheingold, it is the only ensemble piece in the first three operas of Wagner's Ring cycle. Outside the opera house, it is usually heard in a purely instrumental version, which may be as short as three minutes.
 
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