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Die schöne Postmeisterin | Walter Hall, Toronto
The life story of Anna Plochl (1804-85)

date: October 30, 2005

She was born Anna Plochl, the daughter of a country postmaster in 1804.  By chance in 1819 she met the Archduke Johann, a younger brother of the Austrian emperor, when he was visiting her small town in Styria.  They quickly fell in love, but were not allowed to marry until 1829.  He became known as Habsburgs grüne Rebell  –  green rebel of the Habsburgs  –  because of his liberal inclinations and the passion which he developed for the preservation of the environment and of the traditional customs of the people.  She was later ennobled as the Countess Meran; the Archduke died in 1859, she (13 years his junior) in 1885.  Our chosen programme stretched from Johann’s birth in Florence in 1781, with music by Mozart and Cherubini, took in their courtship with songs by Schubert and their marriage with music by Schubert and Schumann.  Songs by Brahms were the latest music which we performed, showing that Anna Plochl’s life spanned the entire “golden age” of Lieder.  Our narration gave as much information as we could pack in about this unusual and, today, virtually unknown relationship.  (As a parting gift from the Hausfrau, we included in the house programme a recipe for “Anna Plochl Suppe”.)

Song Artist Composer Poet
Ich denke dein, Op.78/3 Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
A questa pellegrina (Il giocatore) Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Cherubini, Luigi anon.
Das Kinderspiel, K598 Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Overbeck, Christian Adolf
Der Alpenjäger, D524 McGillivray, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Mayrhofer, Johann
Auf den Sieg der Deutschen, D81 Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz anon.
Vaterlandslied, D287 Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Klopstock, Friedrich Gottlieb
Das Finden, D219 Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Kosegarten, Ludwig
Phidile, D500 Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Claudius, Matthias
Rückweg, D476 McGillivray, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Mayrhofer, Johann
Am See, D746 Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Bruchmann, Franz von
Geheimes, D719 Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Deutscher with two trios, D618 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz n/a
Wiedersehn, D855 Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schlegel, August Wilhelm von
Er, der Herrlichste von allen, Op.42/2 (Frauenliebe und -leben) Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Chamisso, Adelbert von
Das Heimweh, D851 McGillivray, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Pyrker, Johann Ladislaus
Hochzeitslied, D463 Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Jacobi, Johann Georg
So wahr die Sonne scheinet, Op.101/8 (Minnespiel) Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; McGillivray, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Rückert, Friedrich
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Ich bin dein Baum, Op.101/3 (Minnespiel) Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; McGillivray, Pater, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Rückert, Friedrich
Die abgeblühte Linde, D514 Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Széchényi, Ludwig von
Die tausend Grüsse, Op.101/7 (Minnespiel) Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Rückert, Friedrich
Die beiden Grenadiere, Op.49/1 McGillivray, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
An eine Aeolsharfe, Op.19/5 Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Mörike, Eduard
Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan, Op.42/8 (Frauenliebe und -leben) Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Chamisso, Adelbert von
Mit vierzig Jahren, Op.94/1 McGillivray, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Rückert, Friedrich
Ich bin geliebt! Op.74/9 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; McGillivray, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Ich bin geliebt! Op.74/9 (Spanisches Liederspiel) (reprise) –   ENCORE Monoyios, Ann, soprano; Pudwell, Laura, mezzo; Butterfield, Benjamin, tenor; McGillivray, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel