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Johann Gottfried Piefke

Johann Gottfried Piefke (9 September 1817 – 25 January 1884) was a German band leader, (Kapellmeister) and composer of military music.

Piefke was born in Schwerin an der Warthe, Prussia (now Skwierzyna, Poland). In the 1850s, he was band leader for the 8th Infantry Regiment in Berlin. His famous marches include Preußens Gloria, Düppeler Schanzen-Marsch and the Königgrätzer Marsch – the latter composed after the Battle of Königgrätz in 1866, the decisive battle of the Austro-Prussian War). He arranged Franz Liszt's symphonic poem - Tasso for military band and may also have similarly arranged some of Liszt's marches. He died in Frankfurt an der Oder.

Piefke also wrote:

  • Pochhammer Marsch
  • Siegesmarsch
  • Gitana Marsch
  • Margarethen Marsch
  • Kaiser WilhelmV (I) Siegesmarsch
  • Der Alsenströmer, a march commemorating the Battle of Als during the Second Schleswig War.
  • Der Lymfjordströmer, another march commemorating the Danish War.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 9th, 1815 (Schwerin), Died January 25th, 1884 (Frankfurt (Oder))

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1917

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 43891 10-in. either 1915 or 1916 Düppler Schanzen Marsch Vaterland Kapelle Band composer  
Columbia 44534 10-in. either 1916 or 1917 Düppler schanzen Marsch Tsingtau Militär Kapelle des 3. Deutschen See-Bataillon ; O. K. Wille Band composer  
Gramophone 3051L 10-in. 1905 Düppler Schanzenmarsch Kapelle des Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier Regiment Band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Piefke, Johann Gottfried," accessed September 21, 2021,

Piefke, Johann Gottfried. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from

"Piefke, Johann Gottfried." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 September 2021.

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