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CM von Weber
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Carl Maria von Weber
b.Eutin,Germany 18 November 1786
d.London, England 5 June 1826

Weber is probably one of the most underservedly neglected composers today. He was admired by many of his fellow musicians, the perfect balance of his orchestrations earning much praise and he almost single-handedly liberated German opera from the Italian influences, which had dominated international opera far too long. His operas, especially "Der Freichutz" concerns itself with the nature and human nature which was a pioneer in German opera and set the path for Wagner.
 
As a person, Weber was an economical man with a weak constitution. He suffered from consumption (the romantic sickness) and had his voice almost spoilt after accidentally drinking acid!
 
(a more comprehensive bio to follow)

Some popular Weber works
 
Invitation to the Dance
 
This was orginally written for the piano but has been orchestrated by Berlioz. It is an infectious waltz that really makes you get up and dance! Weber's most famous work!
 
 
Konzerstucke (Concert-piece)
 
Weber was really amongst the first to write in this genre-a self-contained concertante piece. It is also likely the first piece of programme music, for it tells of the (cliched) story of a maiden who waits anxiously for the return of her knight (in shining armour!) from war. Of course, all ends well and the gleaming knight appears finally!! What follows is heavenly bliss, joyful rapture, unending delight...(pls fill in the adjectives yourself)...
 
 
Opera Overtures
 
I'm not saying that the focus is on the overtures instead of the operas themselves but the popularity of these overtures make them frequently performed on the concert platform. Here are some good ones...
 
Oberon: This has a magical horn call opening that is still quite a novelty today. The atmospheric opening (suggestive of the fairy-world) gives way to a work of great buoyancy and energy.
 
Euryanthe:This is one of my favourites, the lyrical second subject reappears in the finale but this time played with great magnificence and triumph.
 
Der Freichutz:The overture from Weber's most-frequently-performed-today opera (is this an ok sentence?) has a famous horn episode at the beginning.
 
 
 

Created on 11/4/2002
Updated on 12/5/2002