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Historical Background
The St Barthélémy musical ensemble in 2012
A Alsatian Brass Band
The Musical Union St. Bartholomew in 1924
The St Barthélémy musical ensemble was grounded in May 1924 thanks to Wendelin Meyblum, a dynamic priest.

It was at first created to awaken the spirits of the youngest ones. Straightaway, this “cercle of young people” was focused on music and sports. In spite of financial hardships, the costly instruments could be bought.

This musical ensemble is the work of its devoted conductors Joseph BARBIER, Louis KLINGLER, priest BURGER, Joseph STAEDEL, Alfred WINLING.

 Rémy HUBER from 1961 to 1996, Jean-Marie FUCHS and finally Denis LITOLF
Rémi Huber
Denis Litolff
Jean Marie Fuchs
During his 35 years as a bandmaster, Rémy HUBER, author and compositor, led the St Barthélémy musical ensemble to an honorable level and thanks to him the name of the Durrenbach ensemble was promoted in the region and beyond the French border. 
 
The efficiency of the different conductors, as well as the new teaching methods in music schools, helped improve the level year after year. The fame of the musical ensemble grew and it keeps attracting more and more people to its concerts. 
For the last two years, the concert was given 2 days in a row: on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Its success was beyond all expectations! Therefore the musicians of Durrenbach can be optimistic as this affluence could be the consecration for their type of music. They are also rewarded for their numerous rehearsals several months before their concerts. The beauty of this “Egerländer” style, which can nowadays be considered “classical Blosmusik” is the main key to its success.
 This type of music was created by a well-known composer, arranger and conductor, Ernst Mosch, who came from a Bohemian region named “Egerland”. He was born in 1925, in Zwodau near Falkenau in Czechoslovakia. It’s a well-known fact that the greatest composers, melodists and musicians were born in Central Europe (Ostria, Czechoslovakia and Slovenia). The Egerländer genre has nothing to do with the popular German music. Ernst Mosch was nicknamed “the King of Blasmusik” because of his great talent. 
 
This music is a mix of swing and Bohemian popular music. Ernst Mosch was also a skilled trombone player who had joined jazz bands after the war. This mix gave birth to a new style: “the Egerländer style” which is a melodious, sweet and pleasantly rythmed and rebounding music (as a reference to swing). In 1956, Ernst Mosch created the “Original Egerländer Musikanten” orchestra. 
 
Nowadays, after an outstanding 55-year-long success and despite the death of Ernst Mosch in 1999, this orchestra still exists, conducted by Ernst Hutter, Mosch’s friendly and worthy successor, who’s well-known by the musicians of Durrenbach. Indeed, an unforgetable but simple meeting with these skilled musicians occurred after an open-air concert near the Lake of Constance. Ever since, the musicians of Durrenbach have never missed this annual meeting: it is always a good opportunity to go back to the root! 
Music knows no borders!
The musicians of Durrenbach and the “Original Egerländer” orchestra.
Evening in a hotel in Pfullendorf, Germany, after an open-air concert.
This type of music was instaured in Durrenbach in 1962 by Rémy Huber and since then, against all odds, the musical ensemble of Durrenbach remained faithful to it ! For several generations, its musicians have fallen into the pot and today, after years of hard work, they are proud of being good at this music which comes from the heart, this famous “Egerländer sound”.
Tune in Youtube to see the video for "Ya! Da! Da!" or "Schönster Klang". A piece offered by Ernst Hutter.  
 
Alsatian Song by René Fabacher.  
 
(Preferably use a headset).  
 
Recorded Live in Concert 2010