Der Freischütz, Op. 77, J. 277, (usually translated as The Marksman or The Freeshooter) is a German opera with spoken dialogue in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber with a libretto by Friedrich Kind. It premiered on 18 June 1821 at the Schauspielhaus Berlin. It is considered the first important German Romantic opera, especially in its national identity and stark emotionality.
The plot is based on the German folk legend of the Freischütz and many of its tunes were thought to be inspired by German folk music, but this is a common misconception. Its unearthly portrayal of the supernatural in the famous Wolf's Glen scene has been described as "the most expressive rendering of the gruesome that is to be found in a musical score".
Performances & Interviews
- John Eliot Gardinerhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01hhwbl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01hhwbl.jpg2011-09-09T20:22:00.000ZConductor John Eliot Gardiner talks to Tom Service about the Proms performance of Der Freischutz by Weber in the version reimagined for French audiences by Berlioz.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b014648q
John Eliot GardinerConductor John Eliot Gardiner talks to Tom Service about the Proms performance of Der Freischutz by Weber in the version reimagined for French audiences by Berlioz.
- Weber: Der Freischutzhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tn2n3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tn2n3.jpg2014-07-02T10:25:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Tom Service talks about Weber's Der Freischutz.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0220fdv
Weber: Der FreischutzIn this Proms Music Guide, Tom Service talks about Weber's Der Freischutz.