Adolf Strube

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Adolf Strube (born July 31, 1894 in Halberstadt , † April 6, 1973 in Berlin ) was a German school and church musician , music teacher and university teacher.


Adolf Strube attended the teacher training college in Halberstadt from 1908 to 1914 and was then a volunteer in the First World War . Highly decorated, he was wounded on the Western Front in May 1917 and returned home. From November 1917 to 1926 he worked as a primary school teacher. At the same time he was cantor and organist in Harsleben near Halberstadt and headed the local Harsleben singing group.

In 1926 he passed the "Examination for Music Teachers in Higher Schools" at the Academy for School and Church Music in Berlin. In the following years he was on leave from school until 1928 in order to continue his studies in musicology and pedagogy at the universities in Halle and Leipzig. During this time he was also employed as a teacher at the church music school in Aschersleben .

In 1928 Strube became head of the church music department of the Evangelical Press Association for Germany and the Evangelical Music Office in Berlin. During this time he was also a choirmaster of the Berlin Praetorius Circle.

In 1930 Strube moved from Harsleben to Berlin-Steglitz. Until 1934 he was cantor and organist at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Berlin-Friedenau.

After the " seizure of power " by the National Socialists , he became a member of the NSDAP on May 1, 1933 following an application from April 1933 (No. 2.849.877). On April 20, 1933, he composed choirs and music for the school radio ceremony " Adolf Hitler " . On September 30, 1933, he joined the NSLB . In September 1933 he became managing director of the "Reich Association for Protestant Church Music" and on October 1st he was a lecturer at the Berlin University for Church Music and Music Education. After the “ Gleichschaltaltung ” ( Gleichschaltung ) in 1934 he became the managing director of the student council V church music within the Reich Chamber of Music.

From 1934 he published numerous sheet music editions for church and school music together with the Merseburg publishing house , but also Nazi propaganda songs, such as the Mein Vaterland collection . New songs of the youth (1934). From 1934 onwards, the quarterly journal Musikalische Volksbildung appeared under his editorship , from 1935 he was editor, from 1938 main editor of Völkische Musikbildung . From January 1934 to mid-1938 he was editor of the Church Music News .

After becoming a professor at the Berlin Conservatory in 1936, he joined the National Socialist German Lecturer Association on October 1, 1937 .

In October 1937 he organized the “Festival of German Church Music” in Berlin.

During the Second World War he published various song books, such as Musik im Volk. Music book for higher schools for boys , a small choir book on German folk and soldier songs , as well as a manual for the singing leaders of the Wehrmacht , together with Ferdinand Lorenz. On December 6, 1944, he volunteered for the Volkssturm .

After the Second World War, Strube's writings became My Fatherland. New songs of the youth (C. Merseburger, Leipzig 1934), Lasset uns singen (Deutscher Schulverlag, Berlin 1944), manual for the singing leaders of the Wehrmacht (C. Merseburger, Leipzig 1944) and small choir book on German folk and soldier songs (C. Merseburger, Leipzig 1944) placed on the list of literature to be segregated in the Soviet occupation zone .

In 1945 Strube took over the management of the “Central Office for Protestant Church Music” and the “Association of Protestant Church Musicians in Germany”. From 1950 he was the editor of “Der Kirchenmusiker”. He was the director of the “Berliner Kantorei” and editor of a wide range of choral literature. In 1956 he became the owner and manager of the Merseburger publishing house.

Adolf Strube died in Berlin in 1973 at the age of 78 and was buried in the Evangelical Churchyard Nikolassee . The grave has not been preserved.

Works (selection)

  • Handbook for clay word lessons (with Frank Bennedik ). Leipzig, Merseburger 1926
  • The year in songs. A collection of old and new tunes for church, youth and school choirs. Two and three-part set by E. Scharfe and A. Strube. Leipzig, Merseburger [1926]
  • What singing, making music! Songbook for middle schools 2nd part for classes III - I - Verlag Carl Merseburger Leipzig - after 1924 (without year) - 232 pages (1st song "Die Musik", 2nd song "Wer sich die Musik erkiest" etc.)
  • Up, stay true! Chorales and sacred folk songs to sing and play in school and home. Presented to the German Protestant youth by Adolf Strube. Verlag Carl Merseburger Leipzig 1935
  • Manual for the singing leaders of the Wehrmacht. Edited by Ferdinand Lorenz, Lt. d. Res., Clerk at OKW, and Adolf Strube, Prof. an der Staatl. University of Music Education, Berlin. Leipzig, Merseburg [around 1940]
  • German music studies for high school. Edited by Adolf Strube in collaboration with Elisabeth Deisenroth, Kurt Benkel, Hanns Martin, Karl Rehberg and Kurt Walther. The first part. For the 2nd to 4th grade. Merseburger & Co.Leipzig 1942
  • Singing European Christmas carols on the piano. Edited by Adolf Strube. Verlag Carl Merseburger Berlin Darmstadt 1954 (Edition Merseburger 725)
  • Sounding day. Sociable school choir for two and three mixed voices (editor). Verlag Carl Merseburger Berlin 1965 (Edition Merseburger 372)


  • Franz Rühlmann: Adolf Strube 50 years old , in Zeitschrift für Völkische Musikbildung , 1, no. 2/3, p. 45 f.
  • Karl Merseburger / Rudolf Elvers : Adolf Strube on his sixtieth birthday , Berlin / Darmstadt, Merseburger, 1954.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g Fred K. Prieberg : Handbook of German Musicians 1933–1945 , CD-Rom-Lexikon, Kiel 2004, pp. 7.074–7.075.
  2. ^ German administration for popular education in the Soviet occupation zone, list of literature to be sorted out
  5. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende: Lexicon of Berlin burial places . Pharus-Plan, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-86514-206-1 , p. 628.