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Carl Maria von Weber

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

Weber’s works, especially his operas Der Freischütz, Euryanthe, and Oberon, greatly influenced the development of the Romantic opera in Germany. He was also an innovative composer of instrumental music. His compositions for the clarinet, which include two concertos, a concertino, a quintet and a duo concertante, are regularly performed, while his piano music - including four sonatas, two concertos and the Konzertstück (Concert Piece) in F minor - influenced composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Felix 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 Igor Stravinsky as the model for his Capriccio for piano and orchestra.

Weber’s contribution to vocal and choral music is also significant. His body of Catholic religious music was highly popular in 19th-century Germany, and he composed one of the earliest song-cycles, Die Temperamente beim Verluste der Geliebten.

Weber’s orchestration has also been highly praised and emulated by later generations of composers - Hector Berlioz referred to him several times in his Treatise on Orchestration, while Claude Debussy remarked that the sound of the Weber orchestra was obtained through the scrutiny of the soul of each instrument.

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  • Sekhem

    Perfection.

    27 Jun 11:42am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    hes good

    11 May 10:16am Reply
  • camune

    SUBLIME

    27 Feb 10:07pm Reply
  • naghavis

    but he's also a hottie

    15 Feb 8:19am Reply
  • Beethovian

    A fascinating person who wrote some great music. His Operas are sublime.

    10 Feb 11:52pm Reply
  • naghavis

    what a hottie. 10/10

    10 Feb 9:13pm Reply
  • MusicHallofFame

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    16 May 2012 Reply
  • DesignToKill

    "On Tour" ? Who stole my time-travel machine?

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • bughunter

    True. When I listen to the second movement of Weber's Clarinet Concerto #2, I can't help but think that it could've been composed by Anton Bruckner.

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mahleria

    Shows what a long shadow this man cast over 19th century music and ideas. He was Mahler's favorite composer and that's sayin' something.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • bughunter

    Brahmsian? Interesting, especially considering that Brahms was born in 1833 and Weber died in 1826.

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mahleria

    The piano concertos are positively Brahmsian.

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • hippiedrow

    Der Freischütz is my absolute favorite opera. He really did a great job with it.

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Kelvindv

    The Weber museum in Dresden was a pretty weird experience.

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Asideniz

    Do you have a listen to concerto no 10 ı dont fınd..

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Seavas

    And the trio for flute, cello and piano! My god.

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Seavas

    His piano music - brilliant, especially the third sonata.

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • fedtodeath

    Hottest composer ever.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • LongLiveTheD

    He looks somehow hot.

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
  • fellman

    That is a amazing picture isn't it.

    9 Dec 2009 Reply
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