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Reading from Fritz von Herzmanovsky-Orlando‘s play “Kaiser Joseph und die Bahnwärterstochter”
Werner Pirchner: Do you know Emperor Joe? etc.
The enlightener among the Habsburgs would never have dreamed that he would once wander Austria as “Emperor Joe”. “Kaiser Joseph II. und die Bahnwärterstochter. Eine dramatische Stimme aus Innerösterreich zum Klang gebracht durch Friedrich von Orlando Herrn und Landstand in Krain und auf der Windischen Mark, Patrizier von Triest und Fiume etc. etc.“ – Emperor Joseph II and the signalman’s daughter – is the baroque title which Fritz von Herzmanovsky gave to his satire about the backwardness of old Austria. In 1786, traveling by train and incognito, Emperor Joseph II arrives in Wuzelwang am Wuzel, where the signalman’s daughter Nozerl falls into his arms while poachers save him from an attempt on his life. In the end he finds out that the railway has not even been invented yet. In 1982, Werner Pirchner composed brilliant brass music to accompany the grotesque spectacle. Now, Karl Markovics takes up the magnificent text, while the BlechReiz quintet contributes Pirchner’s suite “Do you know Emperor Joe?”