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Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)  

Carl Maria von Weber

born: 18 November 1786
died: 5 June 1826
country: Germany

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Born in Holstein (North Germany) on 18 November 1786, Carl Maria von Weber was the eldest of three children to Franz Anton and Genovefa; both his parents were musical. Despite beginning a career as a military officer, his father was discharged from the militia and took up a number of musical directorships thereafter, including founding a theatre company in Hamburg. His mother was a Viennese singer. Weber had four musically gifted cousins on his father’s side, one of whom was Constanze Weber, who married Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in August 1782, a catalyst in Franz’s ambitions of making the young Weber into a child prodigy like his cousin-in-law.

A gifted violinist, Weber’s father taught the boy music and gave him a comprehensive education. In 1798 Weber went to Salzburg to study with Michael Haydn, younger brother of Joseph. That same year saw Weber’s first published work – six fughettas for piano. At the age of 14 his family moved to Freiburg where he wrote his first opera, The Silent Forest Maiden; it later went on to be produced in Freiburg, and then performed in Vienna, Prague and St Petersburg. The latter half of the first decade of the century was marred with troubles for Weber – debt, an ill-fated affair, his father misappropriated a vast amount of money – however, he remained a prolific composer.

Things brightened up from 1810; he visited several cities and spent time as Director of Opera in Prague, Director of Opera in Dresden and also worked in Berlin promoting and establishing German opera. The successful premiere of Der Freischütz in Berlin in 1821 led to performances all over Europe. His next opera, Euryanthe, was another success and in the year of its premiere (1823) he was invited to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, to compose and produce Oberon, which premiered in 1826.

Whilst in London, Weber was already suffering from tuberculosis, which then took hold entirely. He died at the house of Sir George Smart during the night of 4/5 June 1826. Buried in London, his remains were transferred 18 years later to the family vault in Dresden.

from notes by David Cairns © 2012

Albums
'Weber & Crusell: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66088)
Weber & Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
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'Weber: Chamber Music' (CDA67464)
Weber: Chamber Music
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'Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas' (CDD22076)
Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas
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'Weber: Piano Concertos' (CDA66729)
Weber: Piano Concertos
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'Bassoon Concertos' (CDA67288)
Bassoon Concertos
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'Crusell & Weber: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66088)
Crusell & Weber: Clarinet Concertos
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'Godowsky: Piano Music' (CDH55206)
Godowsky: Piano Music
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 18 – Liszt at the Theatre' (CDA66575)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 18 – Liszt at the Theatre
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 24 – Beethoven & Hummel Septets' (CDA66761/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 24 – Beethoven & Hummel Septets
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 30 – Liszt at the Opera III' (CDA66861/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 30 – Liszt at the Opera III
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 49 – Schubert and Weber Transcriptions' (CDA67203)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 49 – Schubert and Weber Transcriptions
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra I' (CDA67401/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra I
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra II' (CDA67403/4)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra II
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 54 – Liszt at the Opera VI' (CDA67406/7)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 54 – Liszt at the Opera VI
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I' (CDA66371/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I
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'Saint-Saëns & Ysaÿe: Rare transcriptions for violin and piano' (CDH55353)
Saint-Saëns & Ysaÿe: Rare transcriptions for violin and piano
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'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Songs by Schubert's contemporaries' (CDJ33051/3)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
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'Stephen Hough in recital' (CDA67686)
Stephen Hough in recital
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'The Grand Organ of Birmingham Town Hall' (CDA66216)
The Grand Organ of Birmingham Town Hall
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'Ysaÿe & Saint-Saëns: Rare transcriptions for violin and piano' (CDH55353)
Ysaÿe & Saint-Saëns: Rare transcriptions for violin and piano
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On other labels
'Weber: Der Freischütz' (LSO0726)
Weber: Der Freischütz
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'Weber: Wind Concertos' (CKD409)
Weber: Wind Concertos
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'Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2' (APR5672)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2
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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1 – 1946' (APR5621)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1 – 1946
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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947' (APR5623)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 3 – 11 November 1947
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'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus' (APR5534)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus
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'Vibraciones del Alma' (CKD331)
Vibraciones del Alma
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Op 35 (Weber)
Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65 (Weber)
Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65 (Weber/Godowsky)
Bassoon Concerto in F major, J127 Op 75 (Weber)
C M von Webers Polonaise brillante, S367 (Liszt/Weber)
Carl Maria von Webers Polonaise brillante Op. 72, S455 (Weber/Liszt)
Carl Maria von Webers Schlummerlied mit Arabesken, S454 (Weber/Liszt)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in F minor, J114 Op 73 (Weber)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74 (Weber)
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, J182 Op 34 (Weber)
Concertino for clarinet and orchestra in C minor / E flat major, J109 Op 26 (Weber)
Der Freischütz (Weber)
Einsam bin ich, nicht alleine – Volkslied aus dem Schauspiel Preciosa von Carl Maria von Weber, S453 (Liszt/Weber)
Fantaisie for violin and piano after Weber's Oberon (Saint-Saëns/Weber)
Fantasie über Themen aus Webers "Der Freischütz", S451 (Liszt/Weber)
Gebet (vor der Schlacht)  No 3 of Leier und Schwert nach Carl Maria von Weber – Heroïde, S452 (Weber/Liszt)
Gebet während der Schlacht, Op 41 No 1 (Weber)
Grand Duo concertant, Op 48 (Weber)
Horn Concertino in E minor, J188 Op 45 (Weber)
Jubelouvertüre (Weber/Best)
Jubelouvertüre von Carl Maria von Weber – Klavierpartitur, S576 (Weber/Liszt)
Konzertstück 'C. M. v. Weber Op. 79', S576a (Weber/Liszt)
Konzertstück in F minor, J282 Op 79 (Weber)
Konzertstück in F minor, S367a (Liszt/Weber)
Leier und Schwert nach Carl Maria von Weber – Heroïde, S452 (Weber/Liszt)
Lützows wilde Jagd  No 4 of Leier und Schwert nach Carl Maria von Weber – Heroïde, S452 (Weber/Liszt)
Momento capriccioso, J56 Op 12 (Weber)
Ouvertüre aus der Oper Der Freischütz vom Carl Maria von Weber – Klavierpartitur von F. Liszt, S575 (Liszt/Weber)
Ouvertüre aus der Oper Oberon von Carl Maria von Weber – Klavierpartitur von F. Liszt, S574 (Liszt/Weber)
Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, J98 Op 11 (Weber)
Piano Concerto No 2 in E flat, J155 Op 32 (Weber)
Piano Quartet in B flat major, J76 Op 18 (Weber)
Piano Sonata No 1 in C major, J138 Op 24 (Weber)
Piano Sonata No 2 in A flat major, J199 Op 39 (Weber)
Piano Sonata No 3 in D minor, J206 Op 49 (Weber)
Piano Sonata No 4 in E minor, J287 Op 70 (Weber)
Rondo brillante, J252 Op 62 (Weber)
Schwertlied  No 2 of Leier und Schwert nach Carl Maria von Weber – Heroïde, S452 (Weber/Liszt)
Trio for flute, cello and piano in G minor, J259 Op 63 (Weber)
Vater, ich rufe dich!  First line to Gebet während der Schlacht, Op 41 No 1 (Weber)
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