Experiencing Carl Maria von Weber: A Listener's Companion by Joseph E. Morgan

By Joseph E. Morgan

Scholars have lengthy well-known Carl Maria von Weber because the father of the German Romantic and Nationalist song. The good fortune of his opera Der Freischütz nearly unmarried handedly introduced German operatic variety onto the realm degree, competing with and hard demonstrated operatic traditions in France and Italy. certainly the overtures to his final 3 operas, Der Freischütz, Euryanthe, and Oberon initiated the style of the live performance overture and are part of the traditional repertoire for many smooth symphony orchestras. His works in different genres, together with his a variety of concerti and chamber works additionally stand as centerpieces within the glossy live performance hall.

In Experiencing Carl Maria von Weber: A Listener's Companion, Joseph Morgan walks readers during the many masterpieces that include Weber's oeuvre, delivering key insights by means of integrating severe issues within the composer's existence with the burgeoning Romantic and Nationalist activities in Germany that Weber's tune got here to champion. Morgan brings to lifestyles the musical personality of Weber's most vital compositions, from his most well liked works comparable to his programme paintings Aufforderung zum Tanz (Invitation to the Dance), his majestic solo items, and his path-breaking track cycle DieTemperamente beim Verluste der Geliebten (Temperaments at the lack of a Lover).

At each flip, Morgan brings jointly biographical, political, aesthetic, and historic concerns to notify our realizing of Weber's compositional genius. From the virtuosity of his piano works and their impact on Liszt and Chopin to his relationships with composers from the earliest elements of the nineteenth century, together with Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Schubert and Beethoven, Experiencing Carl Maria vonWeber finds not just the compositional genius of this determine in Romantic song, yet his achievements in addition to a conductor, track director, and critic who lent his robust aid to his musical friends on level and web page.

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