Carl Maria von Weber
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1786-11-19
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Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber Biography (Wikipedia)

Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber (18 or 19 November 1786 – 5 June 1826) was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school.

Weber's operas Der Freischütz, Euryanthe and Oberon greatly influenced the development of the Romantische Oper (Romantic opera) in Germany. Der Freischütz came to be regarded as the first German "nationalist" opera, Euryanthe developed the Leitmotif technique to an unprecedented degree, while Oberon may have influenced Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream and, at the same time, revealed Weber's lifelong interest in the music of non-Western cultures. This interest was first manifested in Weber's incidental music for Schiller's translation of Gozzi's Turandot, for which he used a Chinese melody, making him the first Western composer to use an Asian tune that was not of the pseudo-Turkish kind popularized by Mozart and others.

A brilliant pianist himself, Weber composed four sonatas, two concertos and the Konzertstück in F minor (concert piece), which influenced composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn. The Konzertstück provided a new model for the one-movement concerto in several contrasting sections (such as Liszt's, who often played the work), and was acknowledged by Stravinsky as the model for his Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra. Weber's shorter piano pieces, such as the Invitation to the Dance, were later orchestrated by Berlioz, while his Polacca Brillante was later set for piano and orchestra by Liszt.

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Carl Maria von Weber
Arias: 'Wie nahte mir der Schlummer' and 'Leise, Leise, fromme Weise'
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Arias: 'Wie nahte mir der Schlummer' and 'Leise, Leise, fromme Weise'
Carl Maria von Weber
Concertino for clarinet and orchestra (Op.26) in E flat major
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Concertino for clarinet and orchestra (Op.26) in E flat major
Carl Maria von Weber
Rondo brillante in E flat "La gaiete for piano" (J.252) (Op.62) [1819]
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Rondo brillante in E flat "La gaiete for piano" (J.252) (Op.62) [1819]
Carl Maria von Weber
Concertino for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 26
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Concertino for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 26
Carl Maria von Weber
Quintet for clarinet and strings (Op.34) in B flat major (J.182) (1815)
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Quintet for clarinet and strings (Op.34) in B flat major (J.182) (1815)
Carl Maria von Weber
Overture Der Freishutz
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Overture Der Freishutz
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'Milch des Mondes fiel aufs Kraut' (Der Freischutz)
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'Milch des Mondes fiel aufs Kraut' (Der Freischutz)
Carl Maria von Weber
Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen (from Der Freischutz)
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Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen (from Der Freischutz)
Carl Maria von Weber
Overture to Der Freischutz
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Overture to Der Freischutz
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Der Freischutz "Selection" arr. for wind, Bauern-Marsch
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Der Freischutz "Selection" arr. for wind, Bauern-Marsch
Carl Maria von Weber
Grand Duo Concertant for clarinet & piano (Op.48) (in three movements)
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Grand Duo Concertant for clarinet & piano (Op.48) (in three movements)
Carl Maria von Weber
Der Freischutz Act II: Wie nahte mir der Schlummer...Leise, leise, fromme Weise
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Der Freischutz Act II: Wie nahte mir der Schlummer...Leise, leise, fromme Weise
Carl Maria von Weber
Invitation to the dance - rondo brillant orch. Berlioz [orig. for piano]
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Invitation to the dance - rondo brillant orch. Berlioz [orig. for piano]
Carl Maria von Weber
Jubel Overture Op.59
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Jubel Overture Op.59
Carl Maria von Weber
Sonatina, Romance and Menuet - from Six petites pieces faciles
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Sonatina, Romance and Menuet - from Six petites pieces faciles
Carl Maria von Weber
Aufforderung zum Tanz [Invitation to the dance]: rondo brillant for piano Op.65
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Aufforderung zum Tanz [Invitation to the dance]: rondo brillant for piano Op.65
Carl Maria von Weber
Overture from Der Freischutz - opera in 3 acts J.277
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Overture from Der Freischutz - opera in 3 acts J.277
Carl Maria von Weber
Variationen uber ein Zigeunerlied for piano (J.219) (Op.55) (1817)
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Variationen uber ein Zigeunerlied for piano (J.219) (Op.55) (1817)
Carl Maria von Weber
Concertino For French Horn (closing section)
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Concertino For French Horn (closing section)
Carl Maria von Weber
Clarinet concerto no. 1 in F minor, Op.73 (Be in the Audience)
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Clarinet concerto no. 1 in F minor, Op.73 (Be in the Audience)
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