Ernst Urbach

Born on 19 March 1872 in Burg, Germany, Ernst Urbach was a well known pianist and flautist, and he followed in his fathers footsteps and became a musician. His main instrument was the flute and he played in various orchestras in the Berlin area. He was also a respected composer and arranger. He died in St. Blasien in the south of Germany in 1927, and is probably best known for his march Per Aspera ad Astra (Through Bolts & Bars).

It appears that he also used the pseudonym Ernst Rubach, and he composed and arranged saloon marches and piano works. He is also known to have arranged music from many of the famous classical composers including Mozart and Hadyn.

Click for soundtrack of Through Bolts & Bars