Carl Maria von Weber and the Search for a German Opera
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: Indiana University Press
Table of Contents
Download PDF (25.2 KB)
Download PDF (19.1 KB)
A Fulbright scholarship enabled me to complete the basic research for this book; subsequent research trips were funded by Syracuse University. Among the libraries that offered me hospitality and assistance are the University of California Music Library, Berkeley, California; the Musikwissenschaftliches Institut of the Freie Universit�t, Berlin; the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin,...
1. Introduction: Inventing German Opera
Download PDF (175.8 KB)
By the end of act 3, scene 2, of Weber’s opera Euryanthe, the fortunes of the heroine have reached their lowest ebb. Falsely accused of infidelity and banished by king and court, she has just been abandoned by her beloved Adolar deep in the forest, to perish of hunger or be devoured by wild beasts. In the scene and cavatina that forms the body of scene 2, Euryanthe prepares...
2. The Native and the Foreign: Models for the German Opera
Download PDF (501.3 KB)
Late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century historians of German opera often characterize Weber’s move to Dresden as a turning point in the history of the genre, but in 1817 it was not entirely clear what “German opera” meant. Was it simply that operas in Weber’s new company would be performed in German, or did the idea of a German opera imply some...
3. Der Freischütz and the Character of the Nation
Download PDF (334.3 KB)
That this word should have such strong positive connotations in nineteenth century Germany is no surprise, for in many ways the idea of a distinguishing mark or emblem articulated the yearning for national unity that was so important to the cultural and political zeitgeist. Arndt’s mythologized history can easily be read through the context of these words, as the story of...
4. Euryanthe: Reconfiguration and Transformation
Download PDF (375.3 KB)
The origins of Euryanthe may be traced back to a letter that Weberreceived from the impresario Barbaja on 11 November 1821, inviting him to write a new opera for Vienna. Barbaja may have envisioned something along the lines of Der Freisch�tz, which had just enjoyed an enormously successful premiere. Weber had something else in mind. The similarities between the...
5. Epilogue: Institutions, Aesthetics, and Genre after Weber’s Death
Download PDF (133.7 KB)
It is well known, writes the Dresden correspondent for the Berliner allgemeine musikalische Zeitung in a report from 1825, that the city is dividedinto two parties. The first party, he says, is “the party of Weber”: who have now won a small victory through their exemplary patriotism. This party will have nothing but Weberian tours de force. Elsewhere one...
Appendix 1. Synopsis of Das unterbrochene Opferfest
Download PDF (46.0 KB)
Appendix 2. Comparative Table: Versions of Das unterbrochene Opferfest
Download PDF (54.8 KB)
Appendix 3. Synopsis of Méhul’s Joseph
Download PDF (52.6 KB)
Appendix 4. Comparative Table: Revisions to the Final Chorus of Joseph
Download PDF (29.4 KB)
Appendix 5. Synopsis of Euryanthe
Download PDF (53.3 KB)
Download PDF (215.2 KB)
Download PDF (125.3 KB)
Download PDF (89.6 KB)
Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 2 b&w photos, 17 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
Publication Year: 2003