The history of the ‘Original Egerländer Musikanten’
and its conductor Ernst Mosch, whose music is, up to date, being
performed affectionately by amateur and professional musicians
Ernst Mosch was born on the 7th. of November
1925 in Zwodau (presently: Svatava) near Falkenau, presently Sokolov,
along the river Ohre (Eger in Germany).
As an 8 year old boy he played already in the ’Falkenauer
Knaben Kapelle’ “DOTZAUER”.
The municipality Zwodau, of which Falkenau is a part, with 16,000
inhabitants, hosted 3 senior and
5 junior brass bands.
After school his wish is being fulfilled and he entered conservatory
at Oelsnitz/ Vogtland.
Therafter he entered military service and the war.
In February 1945 at Breslau at age 19 he got wounded and was
admitted to hospital
At the end of the war Ernst Mosch escaped to
Bavaria to play in a Big Band Jazz Orchestra for the Americans
followed by the Hamburg Rundfunk (Broadcast) Orchestra.
In 1951 at the Südfunk Tanz Orchestra conducted
by Erwin Lehn, Ernst Mosch met his future Egerländer
With these people, 5 by him arranged titles, amongst which ”RAUSCHENDE
BIRKEN”, were broadcast by Stuttgart Radio. The
audience was very much surprised..
Five years later on the 21st. of April 1965 he founded, with some
of his friends, the “Original Egerländer Blasmusik”.
The concept ”ERNST MOSCH und seine ORIGINAL EGERLÄNDER
MUSIKANTEN” is born.
The title ”RAUSCHENDE BIRKEN”
sold more than a million copies.
In over 40 years Ernst Mosch has put his stamp
on wind music, with 29 gold, platinum and diamond albums. He sold
over 42 million albums, singles and CD's and performed in TV shows
in over 40 countries across the globe.
‘The Von Karajan of folk music’ he
was jokingly referred to, with a wink at his classical colleague
Herbert von Karajan.
Ernst Mosch passed away on the 15th. of May 1999
at the age of 73 in his hometown of Germaringen in the South German
The name ”Egerländer Musikanten”
originates from the Eger, the river that flows
in the Tsjech Republic, the native country of Ernst Mosch.
The river Eger rises in the Fichtel mountains to
reach swiftly the Tsjech Republic where she continues as Ohre, next
flows along the Giant mountains in a North Easterly direction to
debouch into the Labe (Elbe).
At the upper course of the Ohre (Eger) near the German border lies
the town of Cheb (Eger in German) with 31,000 inhabitants.