Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Today’s tune: Gruß an Kiel

Greetings to Kiel, a port town in northern Germany. The tune was composed in 1864 by Friedrich Spohr.

The first version I found is by James Last. Mr. Last recently gave a concert on his 82nd birthday! This clip is from 1976, showing a Herb Alpert influence.

Apparently it's a tradition in Hamburg for the police to march out on New Year's morning, playing Gruß an Kiel:

What are these German boys high on? If nothing else, Gruß an Kiel.

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