Weber Carl Maria Von Essay Research Paper

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Weber, Carl Maria Von Essay, Research Paper Weber, Carl Maria von (1786 – 1826) Carl Maria von Weber, a cousin of Mozart’s wife Constanze, was trained as a musician from his childhood, the son of a versatile musician who had founded his own travelling theatre company. He made a favourable impression as a pianist and then as a music director, notably in the opera-houses of Prague and Dresden. Here he introduced various reforms and was a pioneer of the craft of conducting without the use of violin or keyboard instrument. As a composer he won a lasting reputation with the first important Romantic German opera, Der Freisch?tz. Operas The opera Der Freisch?tz (The Marksman), first staged in Berlin in 1821, blends many of the ingredients typical of German Romanticism, simple

peasant virtues mingling with the magic and latent evil of the forest, where the hero’s magic bullets are forged at midnight. The grand heroic-Romantic opera Euryanthe is better known for its overture as is the opera Oberon, written for London in 1826. Orchestral Music Weber’s two concertos and the concertino for clarinet were written for the clarinettist Heinrich Baermann. Weber also wrote two piano concertos and a Konzertst?ck for piano and orchestra for his own use, as well as a useful Horn Concertino and Bassoon Concerto. His Aufforderung zum Tanze (Invitation to the Dance) is well known in an orchestral version of a work originally written for piano. Recommended Recordings Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Concertino Naxos 8.550378 Invitation to the Dance Naxos

8.550081 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Polonaise brillante, Op. 72 Konzertst?ck, Op. 79 Naxos 8.550959 Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 Dances and Marches from Die Drei Pintos, Turandot & Silvana Naxos 8.550928 Chamber Music Weber’s chamber music includes a Clarinet Quintet and a Grand Duo Concertant for clarinet and piano, successors to the concertos and concertino for Baermann. Recommended Recording Grand Duo Concertant Op. 48 Quintet Op. 34 / Variations Op. Posth & Op. 33 Naxos 8.553122 Piano Music Aufforderung zum Tanz (Invitation to the Dance) is a charming programme piece following the progress of an invitation to dance, as a young man escorts his partner to the dance-floor and engages in polite conversation. Weber’s other piano compositions include four sonatas for the

instrument. Recommended Recordings Piano Works Vol. 1 Sonata, Op. 24 / Variations Opp. 2 & 40 Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65 Naxos 8.550988 Piano Works Vol. 2 Sonata, Op. 39 / Variations Opp. 6 & 55 Grande Polonaise, Op. 21 Naxos 8.550989 Piano Works Vol. 3 Sonata, Op. 49 / Variations, Opp. 5, 7, 9 Momento capriccioso, Op. 12 Naxos 8.550990 Piano Works Vol. 4 Sonata, Op. 70 / Variations, Op. 28 Les Adieux, Op. 81 / Rondo brillante Polacca brillante Naxos 8.553006 Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) Introduction (born Eutin, ?18 November 1786; died London, 5 June 1826). He studied in Salzburg (with Michael Haydn), Munich (J.N. Kalcher) and Vienna (Abb? Vogler), becoming Kapellmeister at Breslau (1804) and working for a time at W?rttemberg (1806) and Stuttgart (1807). With

help from Franz Danzi, intellectual stimulation from his friends G?nsbacher, Meyerbeer, Gottfried Weber and Alexander von Dusch and the encouragement of concert and operatic successes in Munich (especially Abu Hassan), Prague and Berlin, he settled down as opera director in Prague (1813-16). There he systematically reorganized the theatre’s operations and built up the nucleus of a German company, concentrating on works, mostly French, that offered an example for the development of a German operatic tradition. But his searching reforms (extending to scenery, lighting, orchestral seating, rehearsal schedules and salaries) led to resentment. Not until his appointment as Royal Saxon Kapellmeister at Dresden (1817) and the unprecedented triumph of Der Freisch?tz (1821) in Berlin and