'You will never be a musician!'
Donald Macleod explores Weber's childhood in his family of travelling players; his first opera aged 14 and his arrest and banishment from the kingdom of Württemberg.
Carl Maria von Weber's father wanted a child prodigy like his niece's husband Mozart. But he was unimpressed by his son's attempts at learning the violin and rapped him over the knuckles with the bow, telling him: "Whatever will be made of you Carl, it will never be a musician!"
Donald Macleod traces Weber's childhood in the Weber family of travelling players through to the staging of his first opera in Freiburg aged 14. Then came a near tragic episode when the young composer somehow managed to mistake a bottle of nitric acid for a bottle of wine, which left his voice badly affected for the rest of his life. He eventually got a job at the Court at Württemberg in Stuttgart, but he and his father were arrested there for a scam and were banished from the kingdom.
Overture Der Freischütz
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
Variations for the Pianoforte Op 2
Alexander Paley, piano
Isabelle Faust, Violin
Alexander Melnikov, piano
Boris Faust, viola
Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, cello
Ein steter Kampf ist unser Leben
Martin Hill, singer
Christopher Hogwood, piano
Producer: Rosie Boulton for BBC Wales.
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