The Comedian Harmonists were an internationally famous, all-male German close harmony ensemble that performed between 1928 and 1934 as one of the most successful musical groups in Europe before World War II. The group consisted of Harry Frommermann (tenor buffo), Asparuh "Ari" Leschnikoff (first tenor), Erich Collin (second tenor), Roman Cycowski (baritone), Robert Biberti (bass), and Erwin Bootz (pianist).
The hallmark of the Comedian Harmonists was its members' ability to blend their voices together so that the individual singers could appear and disappear back into the vocal texture. Its repertoire was wide, ranging from the folk and classical songs arranged by Frommermann to appealing and witty popular songs of the day by writers such as Peter Igelhoff, Werner Richard Heymann and Paul Abraham.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1927, Died 1935
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group, arranger
Notes: German close harmony vocal quintet and pianist formed in 1927 and disbanded around 1934, due to Nazi bias against Jewish members of the group. Three singers left Germany and united with new members to form a successor ensemble, also called Comedian Harmonists or Comedy Harmonists. See "Das Meistersextett" for recordings made by a successor group formed by original members remaining in Germany and new members.
See Also: Meistersextett, Das
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||0RA2152||10-in.||6/28/1937||Wenn Matrosen mal an Land gehen||Meistersextett||Male vocal ensemble, with piano||Vocal group|
|Gramophone||0RA2930||10-in.||5/12/1938||Am Brunnen vor dem Tore||Comedian Harmonists||Male vocal ensemble||Vocal group|
|Gramophone||0RA2971||10-in.||5/23/1938||Ungarischer Tanz no. 5||Meistersextett||Male vocal ensemble, with piano||Vocal group|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CL5462||10-in.||between 9/26/1935 and 12/2/1935||Sous le ciel d'Afrique||Josephine Baker ; Comedian Harmonists||Female vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and piano||Vocal group, arranger|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CL5463||10-in.||between 9/26/1935 and 12/2/1935||Espabilate||Josephine Baker||Female vocal solo, with orchestra, piano, and male vocal ensemble||Vocal group, arranger|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Comedian Harmonists," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105637.
Comedian Harmonists. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105637.
"Comedian Harmonists." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.
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