Hermann Ludwig Blankenburg

Hermann Ludwig Blankenburg (14 November 1876 in Thamsbrück – 15 May 1956 in Wesel) was a German composer of military marches.

Blankenburg was the only son of three children of Johann Heinrich and Ernestine Friederike Koch Blankenburg. He was born with the middle name Louis but changed it to Ludwig later in life perhaps as a connection to Beethoven. Raised on a sheep farm in Thamsbrücke, he was expected to someday manage the farm. However, he showed a propensity for music starting with performing on the piccolo - a favorite instrument his entire life. His family agreed on his studying music as long as he promised to serve in the army for twelve years.

Blankenburg taught himself to play various instruments including bassoon, tuba, and violin and he conducted his school orchestra at the age of ten. He served actively in the military for two years 1896-1898, performing tuba in the band of the 6th Field Artillery Regiment in Breslau. After that his only service was prior to and during the early years of World War I in reserve bands. In 1913 he performed tuba in Field Artillery Regiment No. 43 in Wesel until 1915 when he got a medical discharge. He remained in Wesel for the rest of his life.

Blankenburg played in and conducted community bands as well as performing in the orchestras in Dortmund, Wuppertal and Duisburg. He also worked as a bricklayer and a policeman for a short time. His personal life was full of turmoil. In 1917 he was arrested by the military police from his former regiment for "deserting his family". He had married Magdalena Weidmann in Germersheim in 1898. In 1920 he married Käthe Trauthoff and was then arrested for bigamy.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 14th, 1876 (Q1168410), Died May 15th, 1956 (Wesel)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1921

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-14593 12-in. 3/20/1914 Klar zum Gefecht Marsch United States Marine Band Band composer  
Victor B-14606 10-in. 3/21/1914 German fidelity march United States Marine Band Band composer  
Victor B-25275 10-in. 4/28/1921 Universal freedom United States Marine Band Band composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5171-b] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1917 Prepare for action Brunswick Military Band Band composer  
Brunswick 3846 10-in. approximately July 1920 Prepare for action Brunswick Military Band Band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Blankenburg, Hermann Ludwig," accessed December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106135.

Blankenburg, Hermann Ludwig. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106135.

"Blankenburg, Hermann Ludwig." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.

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