Kurt Noack

Kurt Noack (13 February 1893 – 1 January 1945) was a German composer of light music.

His first hit was Heinzelmännchens Wachtparade ("The Brownies' Guard Parade", op. 5 in D major, 1912), which soon appeared in dozens of different arrangements. The original version for two-handed piano was published by Baltischer Musikverlag in Szczecin.

The first edition bears an illustration of three white-bearded dwarfs, in green clothing and red caps, walking from left to right along a path lined with seven toadstools in front of a cloudy blue sky. Each dwarf has his right leg aloft, and holds in his left hand a rather bulky looking gun which is largely concealed from the viewer. The rather negative assessment of the piece by critics ("trivial, shallow") in no way harmed its popularity. There are numerous recordings.

Very little is known about this composer, but he was for many years the bandmaster at the luxurious Hotel Preussenhof in Szczecin.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 13, 1893 (Szczecin), Died January 1, 1945 (Berlin)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0T246 10-in. 6/1/1931 Nissernes vagtparade Warny and Hans Orkester Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Gramophone CW760 12-in. 2/9/1927 Liliputian watchparade Ferdy Kauffman Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  


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Noack, Kurt. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 28, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100878.

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