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The first slide in my Beamer presentation is a full-screen PDF which I include using \includepdf from the pdfpages package. I want to add speaking notes for this first slide using \note and to have these notes displayed on my second monitor. I tried the following minimal example:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\usepackage{pgfpages}
\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen=right}

\begin{document}
\includepdf[pages=1]{example-image-a}
\note{This is a note}
\end{document}

However, this fails to compile with the following error message:

! Undefined control sequence.
<argument> \beamer@shortframetitle 
                                
l.8 \note{This is a note}

The problem occurs only when the very first slide in the presentation is produced using \includepdf. Adding notes to \includepdf slides later in the presentation works fine.

Short of adding an empty frame to the beginning of the document, how can I best work around this problem?

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Here the pdf is included by classical \includegraphics, on a costumed background canvas beamer template.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\usepackage{pgfpages}
\setbeameroption{show notes on second screen=right}

\begin{document}
{
  \setbeamertemplate{background canvas}{%
    \includegraphics[
      width=\paperwidth,
      height=\paperheight,
      keepaspectratio=false,
      % page=1
    ]{example-image-a}%
  }
  \begin{frame}[plain]
  \end{frame}
}

\note{This is a note}
\end{document}

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