Old Comrades (arr Bourgeois)
Carl Teike (ed. John R Bourgeois)
This work is also known by its German title, Alte Kameraden.
Year: 1889 / 1996
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00 | Score Only (print) - $8.00
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E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
Old Comrades ("Alte Kameraden") was written around 1889 in Ulm, Germany by Carl Teike, a composer of military music. After presenting his superior with the musical score, Teike was allegedly told: "We have marches enough. Throw this one into the oven!"
The march was not burned but became one of most frequently played German military marches. It remains popular internationally and in Germany, where it was even played in the aftermath of World War II when such music was frowned upon.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
"Alte Kameraden" (German for Old Comrades) was written by Carl Teike in 1889, and has since become one of the most popular marches in the world. It was written to honor the loyalty among those comrades-at-arms who have served together in the military in their younger days, a loyalty that remained strong for the rest of their lives, long past their military experiences.
- Program Note from publisher
After an initial rebuff by an insensitive military bandmaster in 1889, Teike’s Old Comrades March has steadily gained international popularity -- it now ranks near the top of the world’s most popular marches. It has been performed by a single accordion, sung before World War II by a 200-voice soldiers’ choir, and whistled along with a band’s performance by 60,000 people at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. The title was chosen during a discussion between the composer’s regimental friends after he had decided to leave the army -- in the Prussian military code “comrades” vowed to protect each other regardless of the danger. Teike sold the march to the Fritz Morilce Publishing Firm in Stettin for six dollars after he learned that bands throughout Germany were copying the parts from each other.
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
- Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown
- Audio CD: U.S. Air Force Band of the West (John R. Bourgeois, conductor) - 2000
- Kansas: IV
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Gold Coast Wind Ensemble (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) (Michael Doty, conductor) – 22 October 2017
- State College (Penn.) Municipal Band (Ned Diehl, conductor) - 8 May 2016
- Milton High School (Alpharetta, Ga.) Symphonic Band (Christopher Shumick, conductor) – 10 October 2013
- Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Smith, conductor) – 29 February 2012 (ABA 2012 Annual Convention (Indianapolis. Indiana))
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Deutsche Art
- Emperor's Parole
- For Throne and Empire
- Graf Zeppelin (arr. Rundel) (1903/1986)
- Hohenstaufen Marsch
- In Treue fest! (arr. Wagner) (1993)
- Loyal and True
- Neue Kamaraden. See: New Comrades
- New Comrades (ed. Fennell) (1979)
- Old Comrades (arr. Richardson) (1899/1973)
- Old Comrades (arr. Bourgeois) (1899/1996)
- Old Comrades (arr. Laurendeau and Lake) (1899/1908/1938)
- Steadfast and True (1909)
- Alte Kameraden, Wikipedia Accessed 17 May 2016
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Carl Teike." Accessed 13 March 2015.
- Perusal score
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 585
- Teike, C.; Bourgeois, J. (1996). Old Comrades = (Alte Kameraden) [score]. Wingert-Jones Music: Kansas City, Mo.