Franz Dietrich

cover 1892
pictorial cover



This firm operated from 1883 in Leipzig, and was famous for popular songs, especially Couplets. These were satirical songs performed in various cabarets and theatres in the main German-speaking cities such as Vienna, Berlin and Munich. They were in local dialect with many topical themes; for example the newly-discovered X-rays in Franz Damm's Professor Röntgen’s X-Strahlen: „Röntgen’s Licht, die neust’ Erfindung“. of 1896.

Wiener Couplets were written and performed by Carl Lorens (1851—1909), Edmund Guschelbauer (1839-1912) Wilhelm Wiesberg (1850-1896) and Johann Sioly (1843-1911) (published by F. Roerich & Co.). Carl Lorens' Op.1 published in 1894 has a typically irreverent title on the topic of sausages: Die Blunzen und die Leberwurscht: „In einem Selcherladen“. Eine rührende Ballade über das schreckliche Ende zweier verliebter Würste.

Berliner Couplets writers included Paul Lincke (1866—1946) and Julius Eberius. Sadly, because of the lack of coypright laws, very few of the writers made much money for their efforts.


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Plate Numbers

Franz Dietrich's plate numbers appear in the format of F.D. ###.

Plate Composer Work Year
843 Lorens Wiener Couplets (No.3) 1892

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