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Walter Eilers was born on 12 January 1896 in Hamburg (Germany). He was not born into a musical family - his father was a baker, his mother a housewife - but it seems he showed musical interest and talent. After school Walter Eilers therefore decided to study music, first at the university of Hamburg, later in Berlin.
After his studies Walter Eilers first worked as a musician in Damme where he also met his future wife. But he soon was offered a position as a kapellmeister at a venue at the St. Pauli Piers in Hamburg. He remained in this position until his retirement.
Beside his work as a kapellmeister Walter Eilers also composed light music works like waltzes, serenades or foxtrots but also larger works like operettas. Many of them
were premiered at the Städtische Bühnen Münster and some of his works were published by Sikorski or other houses.
The "Tonkünstler-Lexikon" by Frank & Altmann from 1936 reports that Walter Eilers also used the pseudonyms "John Walter" and "Eilers-Welter".
According to the family of Walter Eilers he deceased in late 1972, but no exact date is known anymore.
In my possession is a small collection of autograph musical manuscripts by Walter Eilers. This collection include:
Below one can find the full score for the concert waltz "Musenkinder" in the version for small orchestra:
I have also typeset the song "Einmal erblühet wie ein erster Frühlingstag" for voice and piano. The song is part of the operetta "Geliebte Dorrit":
Work catalogue of Walter Eilers
Due to the fact that there is little known about Walter Eilers, I would like to present here a work catalogue with all the compositions I could trace in books and libraries: