Deep down in
It was in the small village of Zwodau near Falkenau where
Ernst Mosch was born on November 7th, 1925. In accordance
with an Egerland's tradition to raise at least one musician
in each family he performed the flute in his school's orchestra
when he was only eight years old. Soon thereafter he became
a member of Hans Dotzauer's well known Youth Wind Band. When
he was fourteen he attended the Urban School of Music located
in Oelsnitz, Vogtland, to study violin, flugelhorn, and trombone
with excellent success. This, along with his enormous musicality,
was to stand him in good stead for his future profession.
However, he met a similar fate like a whole Bohemian generation:
Forced labour, army service, being wounded with only nineteen,
and after all being expelled from his beloved homeland. By
playing his trombone in American music clubs in West-Germany
he managed to overcome post-war difficulties. After some engagements
with the Hamburg Radio Dance Orchestra he became 1st trombonist
in Erwin Lehn's Sudfunk Dance Orchestra, Stuttgart, in 1951.
At that time hot rhythms and jazz syncopation were en vogue.
But soon enough Ernst Mosch, a deep Bohemian musician, was
longing for what he called a "true polka from home". Some
like-minded friends were close at hand, he handed out the
scores, and with joy and passion they played the music of
their lost homeland - not knowing they were at the very beginning
of a great career.
The birth of the "Original Egerlander Musikanten" was on April
21st, 1956. For the "Sudfunk Stuttgart" radio show Ernst Mosch
and eighteen musicians recorded some famous brass-titles such
as "Rauschende Birken", "Mein Egerland", "Abendlauten" and
"Fuchsgraben Polka". This first radio show became a big success.
The peoples' interest for "original" Bohemian polkas, waltzes,
and marches was immense. Soon the first single "Rauschende
Birken" was released and caused a sensation in 1960: It had
been sold more than a million times and earned a Gold Record,
recognition which is normally reserved to pop artists. But
more than 40 years of success were about to follow, with uncounted
awards, mammoth-tours to Europe and around the globe, and
an audience which enthusiastically loves the most famous brass-band
of the world.
In 1981 Federal President Walter Scheel decorated
Ernst Mosch with The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic
of Germany. The award was presented by Regional Commissioner
Helmut Haun. After the ceremony guests enjoyed a raft
trip upon river Isar, Munich, Germany.
For the short, richly illustrated biography (10"x13")
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1st trombonist in Erwin Lehn's Sudfunk Dance Orchestra
Prague: At the National Publishing House of the CSSR,
with Dr. Smola and J. Vinaritzky
1981 Conferment of the "Hermann-Loens-Gold Medal"
1995: Two Gold and one Platinum Disc for 750,000 sold
copies of "Ein Klang begeistert die Welt"
Conferment of "The Golden Microphone"