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Die Frau Meisterin

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Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé (ed. Louis-Philippe Laurendeau)

Subtitle: Overture

General Info

Year: 1868 / 1909
Duration: c. 7:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
B-flat Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Frau Meisterin is an operetta in three acts by Franz von Suppé. The libretto is by Karl Costa. The work was premiered on January 20, 1868, at the Carltheater in Vienna. Thus, this is Suppé's first full-length operetta. The librettist Costa transferred the material, which he had taken from an English ballad opera and which had already been set to music by Christoph Willibald Gluc, into the tradition of the Besserungsstück of the Old Viennese magic comedy, which actually meant a step backwards for the young operetta genre.

Through the magic of a magician Leontine, the quarrelsome wife of Baron Lamberg, freed from the rappelköpfigen temperament of the drunken adductor Veit, was changed into a gentle wife with a good husband. The magic trick was accomplished by pairing Leontine's character with the character of Columba and giving Columba the appearance of Leontine. This offers the soprano a double role, in which Josefine Gallmeyer triumphed at the premiere. Of the music, only the overture is known today.

- Program Note from German Wikipedia

From Gilmore Library No. 71.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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