Stephan Pflicht: The Gerhard-Winkler-Chronicle

IV. New beginning

1946 On 19th January the big light orchestra of the Berlin Rundfunk under Kurt Reimann plays the first performance of Gerhard Winkler's song Die Gondeln am Lido play in a public concert in Masurenallee, conducted by the composer himself .

On 29th March the first stage performance of Gerhard Winkler's musical comedy »Herzkönig« with Rudolph Platte and Lisa Lesco in the main parts is put on in the Schiffbauerdamm-Theatre, Berlin. The performance has to begin early at 5.30 p.m. because of the power cut-off in the evenings. In consideration of the occupying powers the program is also written in Russian, English and French.

GW with Rudi SchurickeThe play quickly becomes a success, being played on many different German stages.

The overture to »Herzkönig« appears as a separate edition in print as well as the following numbers: Einmal etwas Großes erleben, Schweb' ich im Walzer, Was auf dieser Welt passiert, Über allem steht die Liebe und Wie kann ein Mann sich so verändern play.

Gerhard Winkler's song Capri-Fischer reaches No. 1 on the best seller list of 1946/47.

According to STAGMA statistics, later GEMA, there are 12,000 live performances of Capri-Fischer in the time between May 1945 and June 1946 in Germany. Add to this the unknown number of times the record is played on German radio stations in the same period of time.

Print editions also appear of the compositions :

Der erste Sonnenstrahl an deinem Fenster play
Der Herr vom Fenster vis-à-vis play
Rosmarie play

1947 To increase the repertoire of light concert music Gerhard Winkler publishes a collection of 12 little concert pieces with the title »Teekonzert«: In fröhlicher Gesellschaft play, Welke Blätter play, Schneeglöckchen play, Erinnerung an einen Sommertag play, Herbstliche Gedanken play, Bildnis der Madonna play, Tango der Liebe play, Zärtliche Begegnung play, Frühlingswind play, In Gedanken an dich play, Kleine Träumerei play and Toledo play .

Apart from the songs for Kurt Reimann and Rudi Schuricke Gerhard Winkler also composes songs for Magda Hain, of which Möwe, du fliegst in die Heimat play with words by Günther Schwenn becomes very popular, as well as duos for joint recordings with Magda Hain and Rudi Schuricke.

Skandal im Harem play written together with the text writer Ralph Maria Siegel belongs to Gerhard Winkler's greatest post-war hits.

Some of the songs from the musical comedy »So gut wie verlobt« by Gerhard Winkler, which was never put on stage, appear in print: Tanzmusik, Endlich allein play, Wenn bloß nicht die Familie wär', Ich bin nicht reich and Jeder Mann tut mir leid.

Following the success of Gerhard Winkler's musical version of the comedy »Herzkönig« by Helmut Weiss, the story is filmed with Hans Nielsen and Lise Lesco in the main parts. Gerhard Winkler writes the songs for this film produced by the author, Ich bin heut so vergnügt and Wer denkt in seiner Hochzeitsnacht ans Schlafen, which are also published as a booklet, together with the songs both from the stage production and the film: Schweb' ich im Walzer, König deines Herzens and Ja, die Gräfin Melanie (Tratsch- Terzett).

Starting in September, Rudolph Platte produces the en-suite performances of the musical comedy in his private theatre »Berliner Volksbühne«.

To distinguish himself as stage composer after the success of his musical comedy »Herzkönig« Gerhard Winkler starts work on the composition of a big operetta with the working title »Land ohne Musik«, later appearing under the Titel »Premiere in Mailand«.

Gerhard Winkler's song Capri-Fischer stays No. 1 on the 1947/48 hitparade and becomes a world success.

Print editions also appear of the compositions :

Mutterhände play
Liebesruf der Amsel play
Schenk mir deine Liebe, Signorina play
Musik hat mich glücklich und reich gemacht
Flocken im Wind play
Wenn die Schwalben ziehn play
Und wieder wird es Frühling sein play

Der S
ommer ging vorbei play
Warum läßt du mich so allein play

GW as conductor
1948 As part of the charity performance organised by the paper the »Telegraf« in aid of needy homecomers, old people and destitute children on 30th May, Gerhard Winkler conducts the premiere of his concert overture Premierenstimmung in the Corso theatre in Berlin, which appears in print in 1951.

Ralph Maria Siegel establishes his own publishing company, whose first publication is Gerhard Winklers foxtrot Tegernsee with words by Ralph Maria Siegel.

Gerhard Winkler composes the music for Carl Boese's film »Beate« with the songs Ich bin nicht liebeskrank and Traum und Wirklichkeit, as well as the music for the film »Vor uns liegt das Leben«, produced by Günther Rittau, which the composer then rearranged for his Oceana-Suite play , which did not go into print.

A collection of 5 sailors' songs by Gerhard Winkler appears in print under the title »Auf allen sieben Meeren« with words by G. V. Otten: An der scharfen Ecke von St. Pauli play, Auf allen sieben Meeren play, Erst einmal ganz sachte play, Die Schwarze Jenny and Heini Bumm play.

Gerhard Winkler's titles Capri-Fischer, Skandal im Harem and Möwe, du fliegst in die Heimat are Nos. 3, 10 and 11 on the 1948/49 hitparade.

A print editions also appears of his composition :

Die Gitarre spielt ein Lied

1949 Over a million print copies of Gerhard Winkler's number one Capri-Fischer have been sold by now in spite of the paper shortage of the post-war years, not counting the additional unknown amount of pirate copies.

In April Gerhard Winkler buys a house in Neuhaus on the Schliersee and moves from Berlin to Upper Bavaria in September.

With the help of his new partner Traudl Stridde, who is later to become his second wife, the so-called "Winkler-Alm develops into a friendly venue for many celebrities from show business.

Gerhard Winkler is divorced on 23rd July in Berlin. Edith Winkler marries the composer and conductor Hans Carste in 1953. Gerhard Winkler and his text writer Ralph Maria Siegel land another Italian hit with the tango Mandolino, Mandolino (In Santa Lucia).

Gerhard Winkler composes the music for the film »Das Geheimnis des Hohen Falken«, produced by Christian Hallig, which is first shown in early 1950.

On 21st October Gerhard Winkler is elected active member of the advisory council of the GEMA, maintaining this position until 1950.

On 27th December Gerhard Winkler's operetta »Premiere in Mailand« is first performed on Hessischer Rundfunk (Hessian Radio), Frankfurt, under the musical direction of Erich Börschel. Only a few months later this work, originally called »Land ohne Musik« and later renamed »Glück nach Noten« saw its premiere on stage in Dortmund.

A booklet with titles from this operetta appear, containing: Wir leben nur einmal play, Es ist nur ein Schritt von hier, Heut kommt es auf den Rhythmus an, Es blühen fremde Blumen, Wenn Liebe spricht, Wenn Mädchen nachts in ihren Bettchen träumen and Musik im Blut play.

The following compositions also appeared in print:

Frühling in Paris play
Hochzeit in der Pußta play

Eine Geige spielt leise von Liebe
Wenn die Lagune träumt

1950 After the radio performance of Gerhard Winkler's operetta »Premiere in Mailand« in Frankfurt the NWDR in Cologne broadcasts a new radio adaptation by Kurt Feltz on 24th January conducted by Franz Marszalek.

The first performance of the operetta »Premiere in Mailand« is put on stage in Dortmund at the Städtische Bühnen on 12th February.

It is also played in many other German theatres and also sees numerous radio productions.

On 24th March Gerhard Winkler becomes a member of the appraisement committee, the later valuation committee of the GEMA and retains this function until 1956. He also becomes ordinary member of the advisory board of the GEMA and retains this position until 1953.

A lack of legal aid for the German author after the lost war is the reason why foreign royalties for Gerhard Winkler's world hit Capri-Fischer are not paid. This is why neither composer nor text writer ever see a penny for the countless records sold in USA with the American text version of the song.

From 9th to 14th October a convention of the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC) takes place in Madrid. It is the first international copyright convention after the War allowing German representatives to take part again. Gerhard Winkler is a member of the German delegation.

Gerhard Winkler writes new songs for recordings with Magda Hain to the words of Ralph Maria Siegel, such as Der fröhliche Musikant play and Schäferliebe play, which also appear in print in 1952.

Successful songs published in this year are Ich hab' nur ein Hemd play, Charleston-Charlie play and Ein kleiner Akkordeonspieler play.

The following compositions also appear in print:

Liebe und Leidenschaft play
Avanti, avanti
Veroneser Ständchen play

Ach, Sibylle-bille-bille
Droben bei San Michele
Wenn ich mit dir im Kino bin

Fred Rauch1951 The concert pieces »Premierenstimmung« and »Fest der Freude«, which had already been composed earlier, appear in print. October sees the first co-operation with radio presenter and text writer Fred Rauch, who will belong to Gerhard Winklers closest associates from now on until the composer's death, writing texts for countless songs, most often under his pseudonym Sepp Haselbach and sometimes together with Fini Busch.

Gerhard Winkler's new Italian song Mandolino, Mandolino (In Santa Lucia) is No. 16 on the 1951 hitparade.

The following compositions also appear in print:

Tango Olivia play
Don Alvarez
Mademoiselle, Mademoiselle, Mademoiselle

1952 On 2nd March Gerhard Winkler marries his companion of many years Traudl Stridde, née Neeße, in Schliersee in second marriage. She has two daughters from her first marriage with Diplom-Ingenieur (graduate engineer) Walter Stridde, Barbara and Beatrix.

Gerhard Winkler takes part in the CISAC-Convention in Amsterdam as member of the GEMA from 16th to 21st June.

In early June the composer travels to Denmark and Sweden, where Radio Stockholm invites him to conduct the radio orchestra.

During the following years Gerhard Winkler is guest conductor for Scandinavian and Dutch radio stations many times.

On 22nd July Gerhard Winkler's son Hans born in the second marriage in Neuhaus, Schliersee.

Gerhard Winkler completes the unprinted concert piece Der Sonne entgegen, a fantasy for piano and large orchestra, which was already well-known through numerous radio recordings.

GW as Conductor With the compositions Schütt die Sorgen in ein Gläschen Wein play, Wir sind füreinander bestimmt play, the theme tune for the radio series »Das ideale Brautpaar« for NWDR Cologne, Mütterlein, Frauen und Wein (Italienische Eselsfahrt) play and the Schützenliesl-Polka play Gerhard Winkler lands five new hits this year.



The following compositions also appear in print:

Der fröhliche Musikant play
Schäferliebe play

Herr Mayer wird verlangt play

Böhmische Musikanten
Osterfest in Sevilla
Die Sonne ist untergegangen
Die Gratulanten kommen
Wenn die Großmama erzählt von alten Zeiten
Ich such für mein Motorrad eine Braut
Tausend Märchen in einer Nacht
Peter- Tango
Fridolin der Schlagbassist
Mamma mia, du vergißt mich nicht

1953 On tour in Scandinavia the coloured star Leila Negra sings Gerhard Winkler's song Mütterlein play with such sensational success that it is soon more popular here than in Germany and the name Leila »Mütterlein«(little mother) Negra become a concept. Because of this many singers present this song in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish.

From Sweden the song gets to America where it is called Answer me play, written in English by Carl Sigman and reaching world wide fame especially in the record version sung by Nat King Cole

Gerhard Winkler's musical comedy »Herzkönig« is produced for television by NWDR, Cologne, with Ekkehard Fritsch and Lisa Lesco in the main parts, broadcast on 12th June.

Gerhard WinklerFrom 12th to 21st June Traudl and Gerhard Winkler travel to Italy, to discover the country which the composer had idealised in so many of his works. They go to Lake Constance, Florence. Pisa, Livorno, Sorrent, the Isle of Capri, Rome and the Adriatic.

The Italian song Bella, bella Donna play becomes a great hit as well as the folksy song O Heideröslein play, published under the pseudonym Peter Jan Hansen, which sells more than 200,000 records in a short time and gets a silver disc. Very soon Gerhard Winkler is awarded a golden disc for the sale of 500,000 records of this title.

This song is successful in Holland and the Scandinavian countries, too, and becomes an international hit, mainly thanks to the English recording with Vera Lynn called Now and Forever play as well as the French recording Jolie bruyère with Tino Rossi.

Gerhard Winkler composes the songs Südliche Nächte play, Rosen erblühten, als wir uns fanden play, Nimm mich mit, mit, mit play, Mandolinen der Liebe erklingen play, Italienischer Salat play and the interlude Puppenkarneval play for Robert Adolf Stemmle's musical film »Südliche Nächte«.

Gerhard Winkler travels to Essen for the first showing of the film »Südliche Nächte« on 8th September and celebrates a heart felt reunion with one of the most important stages of his apprenticeship in tender years.

Gerhard Winkler's new song Frauen und Wein (Italienische Eselsfahrt) is No. 21 in the 1953 hitparade.

The following compositions also appear in print:

Prärieritt play
Happy Day play
Barcarole d’amore
Intermezzo pastorale
Ganz unter uns
Spanischer Pfeffer
Windmühlen- Walzer
Die Dorfmusikanten sind da
Horrido (Der Sonntagsjäger)
Der erste Frühling einer großen Liebe
Ich sende mein Herz auf die Reise
Tanz diesen Walzer, Madeleine

1954 The Deutsch Komponistenverband (Association of German Composers) is founded for which Gerhard Winkler works many years as a member of the board of directors

Gerhard Winkler also becomes member of the arbitration committee for GEMA.

Under its American title Answer Me Gerhard Winkler's song Mütterlein reaches the charts on 24th April and belongs to the top Twenty Hits USA 1953-55 and reaches no. 6 on the US hitparade.

After this success Fred Rauch writes a new German text for the song following the American words. Now it becomes popular under its new title Glaube mir play in Germany too. The recording by the blind singer Wolfgang Sauer sells 500,000 times in a short time.

Taking up the successful Italian songs Gerhard Winkler writes Nicolo, Nicolo, Nicolino play together with the text writer Kurt Feltz.

On 1st June Gerhard Winkler establishes The Musikverlag Edition Continent together with August Seith in Munich and is joint partner until the end of 1970.

In June Traudl and Gerhard Winkler go on their first ship cruise from Bremen to Genoa.

Inspired by the games of his two-year-old son Hans Andreas, Gerhard Winkler composes the concert piece Kreiselspiel play.

Ernst Marischka produces the singer film »König der Manege« with Rudolf Schock, for which Gerhard Winkler writes the songs Vorhang auf (Artistenmarsch) play and Das Leben ist schön , wenn man richtig verliebt ist play as well as Das alte Lied von Alabama play for Eric Ode's film »An jedem Finger zehn«.

On 4th December Traudl Winkler establishes the Musikverlag Edition Fortuna in Berlin, together with Peter Schaeffer and stays joint partner until 1967.

Gerhard Winkler's Italian song Bella, bella Donna is No. 6 on the 1954 hitparade.

The following compositions also appear in print:

Südliches Temperament
Promenade d’amour
Wenn du auch nicht mehr der jüngste bist
Zigeuner, laß die Geige weinen
Kleine Nachtigall
Der Kuckuck ruft
Zwei blaue Sterne
Heimweh nach Hawaii
Spiel'n Sie Schach
Wenn die Schiffe den Hafen verlassen

1955 Gerhard Winklers new song Zwei Spuren im Schnee play becomes very popular. 300,000 recordings with Vico Torriani are sold in a short time.

Gerhard Winkler publishes »Leckerbissen«, a collection of 8 little concert pieces for accordion or piano.

Geza von Bolvary produces a film of the folk play »Mein Leopold« by Adolf L'Arronge with the same title and Gerhard Winkler writes the music with the songs Und das alles geschah in der Nacht play and So ist es im Leben play.

Mütterlein with a new German text reaches No. 4 on the 1955 hitparade under the title Glaube mir.

The following compositions also appear in print:

Aus den Augen, aus dem Sinn play
Valse Elégie
Meine alte Harmonika
Zwei verliebte Italiener
Ein Häuschen mit Garten
Ein weißes Schiff
Am Sonntag ist Kirchweih
Die große Trommel macht bum-bum
Bleib so wie du bist play

Wenn die Heide schlafen geht
Schwarzwälder Schlittenfahrt

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