Carl Maria von Weber - Euryanthe: Overture

Carl Maria von Weber composed the opera Euryanthe  during the period 1822-23 and first presented it in Vienna on October 25, 1823. The work was based on a French medieval history of 13th century.  The year Euryanthe was presented was marked by Vienna's interest in Italian operas, particularly those of Rossini . Although the initail reception was enthusiastic, the opera lasted only twenty performances, with complaints about the libretto and the length of the opera. For the failure of the play, the somewhat wordy libretto of the poet and writer Helmina von Chézy was blamed. Franz Schubert also commented that "This is not music". Nevertheless, the introduction is an excellent example of orchestral writing and remains one of the best. The Overture begins with an extremely lively and cheerful phrase. Oboe and clarinet, supported by horn and trombones, then present a theme of three emphatic notes, followed by a shorter ascending group of notes (with a stressed rhythm). Soon t

Grieg - Events in brief

Edvard Grieg with friends in Leipzig.

1843 Edvard Grieg was born in June in Bergen, Norway.
1859 Begins studying at the Leipzig Conservatory in Germany.
1862 First public appearance with the Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 1
1864 Meets Rikard Nordaak, who radically changes his life.
1867 Marries his cousin Nina Hagerup. He founds the Norwegian Music Academy.
1870 Meets Franz Liszt in Rome.
1874 Ibsen asks him to write stage music for his play "Peer Gynt".
1876 First performance of Peer Gynt.
1888 First interpretation of the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
1894 PhD in Music from Cambridge University.
1898 Organizes the Norwegian Music Festival
1907 He dies in September in Bergen after a heart attact 

  • Although he was buried with every honor from his grateful homeland, his ashes were buried in a niche on the mountain above Troldhaugen with no sign other than his name and his wife's.

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