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Josef Schmalz

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Josef Schmalz (August 26, 1932[1] – February 4, 2014) was a German conductor, musician, composer, arranger and director of music. He was a member of the German-speaking minority of the Banat Swabians. From 1978 to 1983 Schmalz conducted the brass band Original Donauschwaben in Munich as director of music.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Schmalz was born in Glogowatz, Kingdom of Romania. He had his first flugelhorn lessons at the Adam-Müller-Gutenbrunn Gymnasium [de] in Arad, Romania, at the age of 11.[3]

Musical career[edit]

Until 1970 he played in his hometown flugelhorn and trumpet in the local brass band and in the string orchestra under the direction of Anton Hollich.[3] During military service Schmalz was deputy head of the ensemble and the brass band (DSGM).[3] In Munich he was from 1970 member of the "Original Donauschwaben", whose leadership as conductor he held from 1978 to 1983.[2][3] Already in the 1970s he celebrated great successes with his own compositions.[5]


LPs were released via Metronome Musik GmbH, Germany and others, e.g. 1979 "Ja, Ja, Die Schwaben".[6][2]

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Album cover

In May 2012, his CD „Donauschwäbische Blasmusik der Extraklasse – Mein Banater Land“ ("Danube Swabian brass music of extra class - My Banat Country") with 16 titles was released.[7] His music is reminiscent of the landscape, the traditions and brass tradition of the Banat Swabians. The pieces are played by the Banater Studio Musicians Karlsruhe under direction of Anton Hollich.[8]

Some of his songs are:[9][10]

  • "Elfriede Polka"
  • "Die schöne Kathrein"
  • "Schwäbische Polka"
  • "Verliebte Herzen"
  • "Mein Banater Land"


Josef Schmalz is bearer of the club badge in gold from Freundeskreis Donauschwäbische Blasmusik e.V. for his involvement as composer, arranger, musician and music director of the "Original Donauschwaben".[5]


He has a brother, CMSgt. ret. John Schmalz.

His only daughter Elfriede died young at the age of 40.


After long cancer suffer Josef Schmalz died at Klinikum Dritter Orden [de], Munich, Germany.


  1. "Donauschwaben Banat Biographies: Schmalz, Josef [DVHH]".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Tobias, Adam. "Josef Schmalz - Nachruf".
  4. Eugen Brixel (1984). Uster/Schweiz 1981- 1984. - (... ; 7) (in Deutsch). H. Schneider. pp. 230–. ISBN 978-3-7952-0435-8. Hierfür können beispielhaft insbesondere die „Original-Donauschwaben" mit dem „Donau-Duo" unter der Leitung von Kornel Mayer genannt werden , die seit rund vier Jahren jedoch von Josef Schmalz angeführt werden, und ... Search this book on
  5. 5.0 5.1, Mein Banater-Land
  6. "Die Original-Donauschwaben* Und Das Donau-Duo* - Ja, Ja, Die Schwaben". Discogs.
  7., Auszeichnung für Banater Musikpädagogen
  8., Neue CD donauschwabische Blasmusik der Extraklasse
  9. "Donauschwäbisches Blasmusikkonzert". (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  10. "Donauschwäbische Blasmusik der Extraklasse". (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-01-19.

External links[edit]

de:Josef Schmalz (Musiker)

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