Tune of the Day: Preußens Gloria
Conductor Gottfried Piefke composed “Preußens Gloria” (“Prussia's Glory”) in 1871, after the Kingdom of Prussia's victory in the Franco-Prussian War, which led to the unification of the German states into the new Prussian-led German Empire. As part of the victory parade of the returning troops, the march was performed for the first time in public in Frankfurt an der Oder (not to be confused with the larger city of Frankfurt am Main), where Piefke's garrison was based. As Piefke only performed it on important occasions, the march was unknown to a broader public for a long time. In 1909 the manuscript of the almost forgotten tune turned up and was included in the collection of Prussian army marches.
Today it is one of the best known German army marches, and is often played at official ceremonies and state visits. It is also a standard tune in many international military bands. In Germany it is often played by non-professional bands due to its popularity. Also, it is played in the military parades of Chile, performed by the Chilean Army.
Thanks to Ralph for suggesting this tune!