Wilhelm Gabriel

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Wilhelm Ernst Karl Gabriel , called "Wiga", (born August 8, 1897 in Charlottenburg , † April 21, 1964 in Hamburg ) was a Berlin composer and music publisher. His greatest success was the “Hofbräuhaus song”. There is a Hofbräuhaus in Munich (1935), which is known worldwide as a mood and drinking song to this day. In addition to mood songs, he also wrote soldier songs.

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In 1929 he wrote Beautiful Woman in the Moon for the silent film Woman in the Moon by Fritz Lang .

After the " seizure " of the Nazis and composed Gabriel in 1933 wrote lyrics under the pseudonym of "Rolf Hildebrand" the song When the SS and the SA marched with Tschingderassassa , a song that was also recorded by the SA-Choir Storm 33 on record.

In 1936 he wrote the march for the Wehrmacht. Her name was Marie, and she was loyal . The melody of this piece sounded in 1949 in the carnival hit Who should pay for it? on. Gabriel therefore furiously raised the charge of plagiarism against the authors, including the legendary Cologne entertainer Jupp Schmitz .

From 1949 to 1956 Gabriel lived with his wife Emmi Gabriel, née Hillenmaier, in Oberholsten ( Melle district ), where, according to contemporary witness reports, he participated in the cultural life of the community by, among other things, writing arrangements for the local men's choir.

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Individual evidence

  1. Death certificate, Hamburg-Altona registry office No. 3058/1964.
  2. ^ Ernst Klee : The culture lexicon for the Third Reich. Who was what before and after 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-10-039326-5 , p. 172.