Robert Koppel

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Robert Koppel (born January 9, 1874 in Bochum , † August 21, 1966 in Zurich ) was a German singer and lecturer.


Koppel began his career as a baritone vocalist in the Linden Cabaret in Colmar in 1900. A year later he was brought to Berlin by Ernst von Wolhaben to open his Überbrettl , the first German cabaret. Together with the singer Bozena Bradský, he created the duet vom Lustigen Mann , whose text Otto Julius Bierbaum wrote and set Oscar Straus to music, the most sung Brettl hit of the turn of the century. Koppel got further engagements in cabaret with the Elf Scharfrichtern in Munich, where he was a guest for a long time, and with Rudolf Nelson, with whom he went on tour.

Koppel also appeared on the Berlin stages and on the radio, he was frequently mentioned in the program columns of the radio newspaper Funkstunde .

Koppel left numerous recordings with various brands ( Deutsche Grammophon , Ultraphon , Lindström brands Beka , Parlophon, Odeon , also smaller brands such as Artiphon, Kalliope , Tri-Ergon ) as a pop and refrain singer, often without naming on the label, e.g. B. at Beka.

His repertoire was broadly diversified and ranged from the Rhine and Carnival songs to the daily hits and operettas to demanding cabaret presentations.

These include couplets by Otto Reutter , which he recorded for the first time, and Ernst Petermann, as well as Willy-Rosen- Schllager. Songs like Das ist der Moritz, the beautiful Moritz and Meseritz, oj Meseritz by Arthur Rebner prove that he did not forget his Jewish tradition .

As an artist of “ non-Aryan ” descent, Koppel had to leave Germany after the National Socialists came to power in 1933. He fled to Bolzano, then to Nice and Nancy. After the war he returned to Berlin in 1954, but on January 1, 1959, he settled permanently in Massagno, Lugano district (Ticino).

Recordings (selection)

  • The music is coming (Liliencron-Straus) Odeon A 51 382 / also Vox 3619 (1622 BB)
  • Courtship (Bierbaum - Straus) Beka 10 109
  • The Merry Husband , dance duet (Bierbaum-Straus) Beka 10 110 (with Bradský)
  • And Meyer looks at me kindly ( Case - Bernauer ) Odeon 99 143 (xB 4144 Pa) / also Beka 13 293
  • Bambalina Beka B. 5220-II (Mat. 32 601)
  • This is Moritz (A. Rebner) Beka B.3424 (32 325)
  • Meseritz, oj Meseritz (A. Rebner) Beka B.5274 (32 667)
  • My sweet darling your saxophone (R. Perak) Beka B.5303 (32 982)
  • Why is Walter so smart (Egen, Rollins-Rotter) TE5024 (M 0561)


  • A friend as cute as you Artiphon No. 11 246
  • Always go straight to the top Beka B.5235 (32 639)
  • Pfuj ashamed of you Beka B.5302 (32 979)
  • Why do you kiss the girls' hands Beka B.5302 (32 980)
  • I'll send you some violets Odeon O-2873 (Be 8197)
  • The Uncle Eduard from Bentschen Ultraphon A 775 (15 962)

Otto Reutter Couplets

  • The conscientious bricklayer Kalliope K.797 (Zw 3688)
  • The avalanche Kalliope K.797 (Zw 3690)
  • The overcoat Kalliope K.798 (Zw 3689)


a) on CD

  • CD box (4 CDs) “Dat singende un klingende Kölle” Label: Carl. Order number: 8759500. Release date: November 11, 1998. Contains:
    • On CD 1: track 1 Robert Koppel: De Geis Wollt Ne Lange Stätz Han, track 11 Robert Koppel: Mer Konn Och Alles Üvverdrieve, track 14 Robert Koppel: Mer Sin Vun Kölln Am Rhing, track 17 Robert Koppel: Karusselchesleed,
    • On CD 2: track 1 Robert Koppel & Max Kuttner & Carl Nebe: Attention! Cologne sings! track 7 Robert Koppel: Annemarie, Do Bess E Bützgenie, track 11 Robert Koppel: Children , don't let your courage sink, track 14 Robert Koppel: Us Strossemusikante
  • CD Box (3 CDs) “The German Chanson and its Story (s) - 100 Years of Board Art, Part 1” Label: Bear Family Records. Order number: BCD 17221. Date of publication: 2011. Contains:
    • On CD 2: track 19 Robert Koppel: And Meyer looks at me kindly

b) on the web

  • My sweet darling, your saxophone . Foxtrot (R. Perak) bohemian orchestra with refraing singing. Beka B.5303 (32 982) [1] - 1925 - uncredited sings Robert Koppel
  • Baby can you lend me something Lied and Foxtrot (Profes-Stranský-Rotter) Robert Koppel m. Orchestra. Tri Ergon TE5024 (mx. 0560) [2]
  • Why is Walter so smart for his age? Lied and Foxtrot (Egen - Rotter) Robert Koppel m. Orchestra. Tri Ergon TE5024 (mx. 0561) [3] - 1928
  • Sonja. Russian ballad (E. Partos, German text by Beda ) Robert Koppel m. Orchestra u. Balalajka accompaniment. Odeon O-11 139 a (Be 8129) Berlin 1929 [4] - 1929
  • Heinrich, where are you reaching for? Lied and Foxtrot (Rich. Fall, arr. Mischa Michaeloff , text by Beda) Robert Koppel m. Orchestra [5]
  • The fragrance that accompanies a beautiful woman . Foxtrot ( Hans May , text: Roxy) Dajos Béla dance orchestra with vocals. Odeon O-2839 a (Be 8062) [6] - 1929 - uncredited sings Robert Koppel!
  • Uncle Eduard from Bentschen. Lied and Foxtrot (Willy Rosen) Robert Koppel m. Alfred Beres Orchestra. Ultraphon A 775 (15 962) [7] - 1930
  • I have an old aunt. Foxtrot (Paul Abrahám, text by Rob. Gilbert) Robert Koppel, with Julian Fuhs and his orchestra. Ultraphon A 789 (mx. 15 990) [8]


  • Helga Bemmann: Berlin muse children memoir. A cheerful chronicle from 1900 to 1930. Berlin (East) 1981, pp. 9-18.
  • Heinz Büttner, Klaus Krüger, Rainer E. Lotz, Christian Zwarg: Discography of German cabaret . Volume 6. Birgit Lotz Verlag, Bonn, ISBN 978-3-9802656-6-9 .
  • “Artists on the radio”. A pocket album from the magazine “Der deutsche Rundfunk” . Dedicated to our readers. Berlin, Rothgiesser & Diesing, 1931. Sheet 96. (shows a photo by Robert Koppel)
  • Berthold Leimbach (Ed.): Sound documents of cabaret and their interpreters 1898 - 1945. Göttingen, im Selbstvlg. 1991.
  • Kristina Mahlau: The art of entertainment between censorship and protest. The emergence of literary cabaret (1880-1905) using the example of Frank Wedekind. Norderstedt, Books On Demand, 2008, p. 58.
  • Erich Mühsam: Writings. Apolitical Memories, The Tenth Muse. "The Überbrettl was represented by Ernst von Wolhaben himself, by Hanns Heinz Ewers, Robert Koppel, Bożena Bradsky, the composer Oscar Straus and others ..."
  • Kerstin Pschibl: The cabaret's interaction system. Attempt at a sociology of cabaret. Diss. Regensburg 1999, p. 138 f. ( online ).
  • Peter Sprengel: Literary avant-garde and cabaret in Berlin erotic and modern . In: Joanne McNally, Peter Sprengel (Ed.): Hundred years of cabaret: for the staging of social identity. Königshausen and Neumann, Würzburg 2008, p. 32.

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References and comments

  1. How popular this “dance duet” soon became is shown by the fact that Oskar Meßter produced a “ sound image ” of it using his biophone method (gramophone coupled with the projector) and offered it from 1903, cf.  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  2. "Überbrettl" ( Memento from May 6, 2002 in the Internet Archive ): "... in which Bierbaum's scene" The Funny Husband "had to be repeated three times in the setting by Oskar Straus, turned out to be a phenomenal success"
  3. z. B. Life in this time . Lyric suite in three movements. Music: Edmund Nick; Robert Koppel (baritone). Broadcast of the Königsberger Rundfunk, December 13th 1930. cf. DRA
  4. On this label, after 1925, the Bohème Orchestra , the Beka studio orchestra , recorded a series of cabaret, operetta and hit songs, to which Koppel sang anonymously (the label only says “with refrain singing”). These include repertoire pieces by authors such as Byjacco (i.e. Fritz Jacoby ), Hugo Hirsch , Fritz (later Frederick) Loewe and Willy Rosen , who belonged to the first set of German-language cabaret at the time. Examples:
    • B.5151 (32 473) My darling is with the Green Police! Shimmy (G.Nettelmann) / (32 474) Kathrin . Shimmy (Fritz Loewe)
    • B. 5186 (32 510) The rattle stork. Shimmy from "Noch und noch" (W.Kollo) / (32 511) When the little girls are close to sixteen. Shimmy (Th.A.Körner)
    • B. 5219 (32 598) if you want. One-Step from "The Woman Without a Veil" (Byjacco) / (32 599) What are you doing, dear darling, on Sunday afternoon? Song u. Shimmy (Jara Benes)
    • B. 5262 (32 731) That costs a trifle! Foxtrot song from Quo vadis? (Willy Rosen) / (32 738) Eier-Meier. Shimmy (P.Preil), voc.
    • B. 5264 (32 739) You can do it with me! One-Step from Der blonde Traum (H. Hirsch) / (32 741) Cowboy-Dream. Fox Trot (Tom Burns)
  5. Example: The faithful hussar ( Heinrich Frantzen ): Robert Koppel with orchestral accompaniment Odeon O-11 091 - On the carnival song cf.
  6. Examples: for the Tri-Ergon label (No. 5024-A to 5026-B, 5051-A to 5052-B, 5073-A to 5075 -B)
  7. for example: The shamrock from the Vienna Woods / girl is not stupid, both from the operetta Das Dreimäderlhaus (Schubert-Berthé): Katharina Garden, in a duet with Robert Koppel. Odeon (harp label, 30 cm) AA 57 446 / AA 57 447. - Yes, such a girl, Hungarian girl, from Victoria and her hussar (Paul Abrahám): Jazz Symphony Orchestra Eddy Walis, Refraingesang Robert Koppel, on Artiphon 11536 ( Label shown!), Cf.
  8. cf. And Meyer gives me a friendly look at the recording with Koppel (1905).