Army march collection

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The Army March Collection (actually: The Royal Prussian Army March Collection ), abbreviated AMS , is the basic catalog of German military marching music .

The Prussian Army March Collection

The basis for the creation of this overview lies in a corresponding decree of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. from 1817. This decree states:

"In order to help the regiments in the army in choosing good military music, I had a selection of tried and tested pieces of music organized and a collection of them for each regiment ..."

This army march collection, which in addition to Prussian marches also contains Austrian and Russian marches, is in turn divided into three collections, in which the marches are differentiated according to purpose or performance purpose; these subgroups are indicated with Roman numerals.

  • Collection I: Slow marches for foot troops (115 marches)
  • Collection II: Parade marches for foot troops (269 marches)
  • Collection III: Cavalry marches (149 marches)

All marches included in the army march collection have an official number designation consisting of a Roman numeral (collection) and an Arabic number (list number in the collection). The number of marches available does not match the last number of the count, as there are still some works added later in each collection that were added to the existing count with the addition of lowercase letters (e.g. II 45a). It is also entirely possible that individual marches are listed in more than one collection.


Note: In Wikipedia, the names of this army march collection are given in brackets.

Army March Collection

In addition to armeemarschsammlung was founded in 1933 on the initiative of Heeresmusikinspizienten Hermann Schmidt , the army march collection (actually 34 and 43 M.Dv. H.Dv. directory "German army marches" ) together. In addition to some works from the army march collection, it also includes the newly composed or adopted marches that have been added since then. The establishment of the Army March collection ended in 1945 with the end of the Second World War . In contrast to the army march collection, it is divided into four subgroups:

  • Collection I: Presentation marches for foot troops (8 marches)
  • Collection II: Parade marches for foot troops (38 marches)
  • Collection III: Cavalry marches at a pace (slow pace) (17 marches)
  • Collection IIIB: Cavalry marches at a gallop (fast tempo) (83 marches)

As mentioned, some military marches have a name in both the army and the army march collection, e.g. B.

The two collections today

Most of the original works from the much older army march collection have either been lost or only exist in fragments. In particular, the destruction of the Prussian State Archives in Potsdam in 1945 played an important role. To make matters worse, a large number of the older compositions in particular have no titles and / or their composers are unknown. But since many of these works are of Russian origin, there is a prospect of rediscovering them in Russian archives. Private associations and the military music service of the German Armed Forces have long tried not to let these little-known marches in the collection fall into oblivion and to complete them again.

Collection "German Army Marches" by Wilhelm Stephan

The military musician Wilhelm Stephan created a new collection for the Bundeswehr , in which the most famous works of the old army and army march collection were included and given new names.

Volume I (AM I) - Presentation marches for foot troops (19 marches)

Volume I (AM I) - Slow Marches (11 Marches)

Volume I (AM I) - Presentation marches and parade marches in step for mounted troops (17 marches)

Volume I (AM I) - Zapfenstreich (4 chorals)

Volume I (AM I) - Appendix (2 marches)

  • Dutch march of honor (presentation march of the navy) by Jakob Rauscher
  • Parade mail for mounted troops

Volume II (AM II) - Parade marches for foot troops (64 marches)

Volume III (AM III) - Parade marches in trot and gallop (35 marches)


  • Theodor Grawert: Directory of the Royal Prussian Army marches. Parrhysius, Berlin 1914.
  • Achim Hofer: The "Royal Prussian Army March Collection" 1817–1839. Origin - environment - description. Kliment, Vienna 2007, ISBN 978-3-85139-025-4 .
  • August Kalkbrenner: The Royal Prussian Army Marches. Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig 1896 ( limited preview in the Google book search).
  • Gustav Rossberg: Directory of all Royal Prussian Army marches. Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig 1898, OCLC 252466730 .
  • Joachim Toeche-Mittler: Army marches. Volume II: The Army March Collection; the regiments with details of their presentation and parade marches; Composers' Lexicon. 2nd Edition. Speemann, Stuttgart 1977, ISBN 3-87879-093-7 .