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

Josef Anton Bruckner - Events in brief

The announcement of Anton Bruckner's death.

1824: 
Josef Anton Bruckner was born on September 4th in Ansfelden, Austria.
1834: Begins to replace his father in the organ.
1835: Completes his school education in Hörsching, where Johann Baptist Weiß was schoolmaster.
1837: In June his father dies. He is sent to the Augustinian monastery in Sankt Florian to become a choirboy.
1841: Trained in Linz as a teacher.
1845: Assistant teacher in Sankt Florian. He falls in love with Louise Bogner.
1851: Permanent organist in Sankt Florian. His first visit to Vienna.
1855: Becomes a student of the famous Vienna music theorist Simon Sechter.
1863: Listens to Wagner's Tannhäuser opera.
1866: Completes Symphony No. 1 in C minor.
1868: Professor of music theory at the Vienna Conservatory.
1871: Visits England and impresses audience at Royal Albert Hall.
1872: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra rejects Symphony No. 2.
1893: His health deteriorates. He's bedridden most of the year.
1896: Dies on October 11, in Vienna.

  •          When he was invited to conduct one of his works with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, during a rehearsal, Bruckner stood still on the podium. When after a few minutes he still did not lift his baguette, the first violin of the orchestra politely told him: "We are ready, Mr. Bruckner. You can start." "Oh, no," Bruckner said, "after you gentlemen."


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