Wilhelm Zehle

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Wilhelm Zehle


Wilhelm Zehle (23 January 1876, Prussia - 1956, Ahlhorn, state of Lower Saxony) was a German composer and conductor. Zehle began his musical studies in Magdeburg in 1895. At the same time he was in the band of the 2nd Battalion Royal Sea mobile classified. In this group, he played the trumpet and cornet, and he soon became a soloist. When the group lost its conductor in 1900, Zehle took over.

In 1903 he resigned his military commitment and worked for the finance department of the port administration Wilhelmshaven in the state of Lower Saxony. In 1916 he moved to Ahlhorn, in the German state of Lower Saxony.

With the beginning of the 20th century, the British music publisher Hawkes & Son started a composition for marching music. Wilhelm Zehle won the award four times with Viscount Nelson, (1900) Army and Marine, (1901) Wellington, (1906) and Trafalgar (1908). It seems unlikely that Zehle gave any of his marches their British names; he did, however, accept the competition prize money and royalties from the British firm of Hawkes & Son.

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