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Jakob Geis

Jakob Geis Bavarian folk singer

Bavarian folk singer
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Intro Bavarian folk singer
A.K.A. Papa Geis
Countries Germany
Occupations Singer
Gender male
Birth 27 December 1840 (Athens)
Death 3 March 1908 (Munich)
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Biography

Jakob Geis, stage name Papa Geis (27 December 1840 in Munich – 3 March 1908 in Munich) was a Munich performer, folksinger, and musical director. He was considered master of Bavarian cuplés. The dramatist and director Jacob Geis was his grandchild.

Originally he wanted to become a Catholic priest. But at the age of 26, he broke off his theological studies and started a stage career as a comedian in Vienna. He wore only black clothes, a bit like a Catholic priest. Often he was greeted therefore as a Father. His stage name Papa Geis means Daddy Geis.

1878 he started his own musical and comedian group, named Gesellschaft Geis. His cuplés reflect a piece of cultural history of Munich.

Discography

  • CD "Rare Schellacks - München: Volkssänger", by Trikont (Best.Nr. US 0199), including the "Bachstelzenlied" from Papa Geis.

1902 Papa Geis recorded five couplés by "Gramophone Co.":

  • G&T 42 230 (mx. 594) Kalauer-Couplet (music: Julius Einödshofer)
  • G&T 42 231 (mx. 596) Daradl-Dadl (text: Krakauer)
  • G&T 42 232 (mx. 593) Travestie über das "Bachstelzenlied" (Tit-willow) (music: W.S.Gilbert)
  • G&T 42 233 (mx. 592) Couplet mit Opern-Refrain
  • G&T 42 234 (mx. 594) Durchs Schlüsselloch (text: Verney)

Selected bibliography

  • Jakob Geis: Selbstbiographie. Typoskript München 1905.
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http://edoc.ub.uni-muenchen.de/12554/1/Preis_Claudia.pdf
http://trikont.de/shop/rare-schellacks-compilations/rare-schellacks-munchen-volkssanger/
http://volkssaengerei.de/menschen/papa_geis.htm
http://www.bmlo.uni-muenchen.de/g0188
https://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/0001/bsb00016322/images/index.html?seite=167
https://stadtmuseum.bayerische-landesbibliothek-online.de/pnd/116499990
https://www.deutsche-biographie.de/ppn116499990.html
https://www.deutsche-biographie.de/sfz20212.html#ndbcontent
https://www.worldcat.org/search?fq=x0:jrnl&q=n2:0343-2548
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