Anna Rudolph

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Anna Rudolph (1924-1995) was a songwriter, composer, artist, author and playwright.

Also found listed as Anna Lemmer Badenhorst Rudolph or Anna L.B. Rudolph


Born Anna Lemmer Badenhorst Swart on 9 April 1924 in Potchefstroom, where she grew in a very musical family. She studied to be a teacher at the Pretoriase Normaalkollege from 1942 tot 1944.

In 1945 she married the lecturer and playwright Coenraad Frederik Rudolph (generally known as Coenie Rudolph), with whom she had three daughters and a son - all of them musical. The family often performed together and cut a number long playing records of their performances.

Having studied singing, she became a well know singer in Pretoria, i.a. as member of the Cantare singing group, and gradually evolved into an author starting with stories for children, moving on to adult short stories and novels, and finally to plays, musicals and operettas.

One of her most lasting contributions came through her realization that there was a gap in the market for Afrikaans childrens songs, and she began writing and composing these. As part of the process she (and her family in many cases) recorded and broadcast the songs as well. Many of her folk songs have published, including those collected in the volumes Volksangbundel van Anna Rudolph (1985) and Nuwe liedjies vir almal (1996).

She died on 2 September 1995.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

She wrote a number of theatrical works over the years, and in the 1960s was encouraged by DALRO to produce works specifically for use by schools and amateur groups.

Her plays include: 'n Nooi vir Koelspruit (1964), Bye om 'n aster (1967), Skrikkeljanie (libretto for an operetta for young children, 1968), Tollie Tollieman (1968), Ouma se Dinge (1969), Die Dooie Sel (1969), Die Noodsein (1969), 'n Bruidjie tussen boeke in 1972.

She also co-authored a number of musical works, including Skrikkeljanie (1968), Die Silwer Sambreeltjie (or The Silver Umbrella, 1970) and Prys vir 'n Meisie (libretto for a musical, with J. Pierre Malan, 1971). Met Liefde van Marlies (libretto for a musical, with Xander Haagen, 1972) and With Love from Marlies (1973).


Irma Liebenberg. 2011. Die resepsie van Anna Rudolph se Afrikaanse kinderliedere deur Afrikaanssprekers. Unpublished MMus (Musiekwetenskap) thesis, University of Pretoria[1]

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