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

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A painting of Oberon and Titania, characters from William Shakespeare's "Α Midsummer Night's Dream", from which Mendelssohn inspired the famous "Wedding March".


Symphonies:

  • No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11
  • No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, "Lobgesang"
  • No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, "The Scottish"
  • No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" 
  • No. 5 in D major/minor, Op. 107 "Reformation"

Overtures:

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, in E major for orchestra, Op. 21
  • The Hebrides or Fingal's Cave, in B minor for orchestra, Op. 26
  • The Beautiful Melusine), in F major for orchestra, Op. 32

Concertos:

  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in D minor, for violin and strings
  • Violin Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 64 
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 

Chamber music:

  • String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 
  • Cello Sonata No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 45
  • Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58
  • String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12
  • String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
  • String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 18
  • String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87

Piano compositions:

  • Lieder ohne Worte (Songs Without Words), Books 1-8
  • Capriccio in F sharp minor, Op. 5
  • Fantasia in F-sharp minor for piano, Op. 28 ("Sonate écossaise")
  • Pièces caractéristiques for piano, Op. 7 
  • Six Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35
  • Album-leaf (Albumblatt) in E minor for piano, Op. 117

Voice and Piano:

  • 69 songs
  • 2 Sacred songs, Op. 112

Oratorios:

  • St. Paul (Paulus), Op. 36
  • Elijah (Elias), Op. 70

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