“Lili Marlene” Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “Lili Marlene.” The song was written and composed by Phil Park, and the American version was done by Mack David. The sheet music was published by Chappell & Co. Inc. of New York, New York in 1943. The black cover features a yellow lamppost and a yellow rose, with an inset photograph of Hildegarde sitting at a piano. The song notes that it was “introduced and featured by Hildegard” (a misspelling with an “E” at the end) meaning that she had been performing the tune at shows and clubs, and now her image was being used to sell the sheet music.
This version and many others were inspired by the original “Lili Marlene,” a poem written by Hans Leip in 1915 as “Das Mädchen unter der Lanterne” (“The Girl Under the Lantern”) and first published as “Das Lied eines jungen Soldaten auf der Wacht” (“The Song of a Young Soldier On Watch’) in 1937. German composer, Norbert Schultze set “Lili Marlene” to music in 1938.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
composer
Park, Phil
translator; arranger
David, Mack
publisher
Chappell and Co., Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in x 9 in; 30.48 cm x 22.86 cm
Place Made
United States
ID Number
1983.0070.03
accession number
1983.0070
catalog number
1983.0070.03
subject
Music
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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