Otto Julius Bierbaum

Otto Julius Bierbaum (28 June 1865 – 1 February 1910) was a German writer.

Bierbaum was born in Grünberg, Silesia. After studying in Leipzig, he became a journalist and editor for the journals Die freie Bühne, Pan and Die Insel. His literary work was varied. As a poet he used forms like the Minnesang or the folksong and the Anacreontics style.

In 1897 Bierbaum published his novel Stilpe which inspired Ernst von Wolzogen to establish, in 1901, the first cabaret venue ever in Berlin, the Überbrettl . His novel Zäpfel Kerns Abenteuer was an adaptation of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio. Bierbaum's final novel, Yankeedoodlefahrt, was published in 1909 and is the source of the winged words "Humor ist, wenn man trotzdem lacht" ("Humor is when you laugh anyway"), which has become a proverb in modern German.

Bierbaum died at Kötzschenbroda near Dresden.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 28th, 1865 (Zielona Góra), Died February 1st, 1910 (Dresden)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1919

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-23501 10-in. 11/26/1919 Námluvy (Wooing) Ema Destinnová Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 1480 10-in. ca. 1903-1908 Überbrettle tanz duet Sigmund Kunstadt ; Mia Werber Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with piano lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bierbaum, Otto Julius," accessed July 30, 2021,

Bierbaum, Otto Julius. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from

"Bierbaum, Otto Julius." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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