Ernst Mosch - his private
Ernst Mosch's outstanding success story is well-known. Since
more than 40 years there has grown a worldwide boom for his
distinctive brass style. He earned award after award with
his unique feeling for the right title, his precise arrangements
and recordings. All around the world Ernst Mosch filled concert
halls to overflowing and he became one of the greatest icons
of national and international music business. Wherever he
toured tickets were sold out and the audience was enchanted.
After all, he sold records in 42 countries.
| He preferred
"perfect performance without idle talk". But despite of
the astonishing success Ernst Mosch always remained modest
and very much of a family man. Customary extravaganza
didn't suit Egerland's most famous musician. He was pleased
with a beautiful house near Kaufbeuren, Germany, a well-established
enterprise, an antique Mercedes Benz - this was his secluded
world, where he could relax with his wife, his three daughters,
and his grandchildren. "It's the only place, where there
will be no media-fuss" he said. "An essential condition
if someone wants to work seriously".
Therefore, even his work was neatly arranged. He had a straight
spotless career, he hold on to his Bohemian brass music regardless
of Rock 'n' roll, Neue-Deutsche-Welle or disco fever. After
World War II, however, Ernst Mosch first got into Jazz and
Swing. "I loved and still do love American Big-Band-Music.
My greatest idols were Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, and, of
course, trombonist Bill Harris. Good Lord! Not only played
he the trombone, he talked through it. That's why I was more
than happy to be engaged by Erwin Lehn's Big Band at the Suddeutscher
Rundfunk. When we played the Jazz, it was sheer delight",
that's what he kept telling.
Ernst Mosch's wild passion for music and his relentless
pursuit of perfection made him tremble internally. He
never acted romanticizing or sentimental. He never appeared
in any campaign, not even at the Sudeten Germans'. "I
am as apolitical as my songs. For me it is only good
music that counts." An ideal world? "There is nothing
better than an ideal world" he once said and he deeply
While reaching for the stars his feet were nevertheless
firmly grounded. Not the in-crowd but his club of pigeon-breeders
was interesting him. He earned merely as much prizes
and awards with his carrier pigeons than he did with
His short spare time he spent with his family, playing
tennis with his granddaughter Julia. After the match
he used to enjoy a simple refreshment: a glass of sparkling
water, his favorite drink besides Coke and Kaba, a typical
German chocolate beverage.
He savored the long walks with his boxer dog, he went fishing
for recreation and took part in the quiet life of his hometown
Germaringen. Here, in the beautiful landscape of the Allgau
Alps he gathered strength for his stressful life on stage. He
never loosend the reins or thought about calling it quits. It
was Ernst Mosch's personal conviction that "a musician won't
draw the final line. Another will have the last say ..."
Ernst Mosch passed away on May 15, 1999.
Ernst Mosch with his "Fancy Pigeons" (1965)
1975: Ernst Mosch with one of his award-winning carrier-pigeons
Another hobby: Fishing 1991