01. Transnational Networks and Intermedial Interfaces in German Popular Music, 1900-1939



1. Tanzorchester Dajos Béla, “Veronika, der Lenz ist da”

From: Tanzorchester Dajos Béla, Leo Monosson (Parlophon R-1203 / 1930). (Comp. Schellack Schätze. Treasures on 78 RPM from Berlin, Europe & the World, Vol. 47. 2020).


Walter Jurmann (music), Fritz Rotter (lyrics).



Dance Band Arrangement of the popular song “Veronika, der Lenz ist da” (composed by Walter Jurmann) from 1930, the year of the first publication. The performer Dajos Béla was one of many Russian immigrants (many of them Jews), who worked as dance band leaders and musicians in Berlin between the wars.


2. Palastorchester mit Max Raabe, “Veronika, der Lenz ist da”

From: Comp. Palast Orchester mit Max Raabe. Die Männer sind schon die Liebe wert, 1988.


Walter Jurmann (music), Fritz Rotter (lyrics).



Arrangement from the late 1980-ies of the same song, performed by Max Raabe and the Palastorchester, who started a revival of Schlager-music from the 1920ies and 30ies in Germany.


3. Max Steidl, “Schaukellied aus „Auf ins Metropol“ ”

From: Max Steidl (Zonophone X-22321 / 1905).


Victor Hollaender, Julius Freund.



First recording of this song – the orchestra is conducted by the composer, Victor Hollaender. The song was part of a popular revue, performed in the Berlin Metropoltheater, and made its way to Vienna, London and New York already at the start of the 20th century.


4. Comedian Harmonists, “Der Onkel Bumba aus Kalumba tanzt nur Rumba”

From: Comedian Harmonists (Electrola EG 2554/ 1932). Digital Remastered 1990. (Comp. Comedian Harmonists. Liebling, Mein Herz Läßt Dich Grüßen, EMI Electrola, 1990).


Herman Hupfeld, Fritz Rotter, Armin L. Robinson.



German recording by the Comedian Harmonists of a song, performed successfully by the Revelers one year before in the US (see below). Due to Gramophone records and international networking systems, transnational exchange happened quickly.


5. The Revelers, “When Yuba Plays The Rumba On The Tuba”

From: The Revelers (RCA BS 70203-1 / 1931). (Comp. The Very Best Of The Revelers, 2009).


Herman Hupfeld.



The Revelers performing the afore-mentioned song, one year earlier (1931).