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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Set for Rossini's opera La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake), written in 1819.


Operas:

  • Tancredi
  • L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
  • Il turco in Italia
  • Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra
  • Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione (The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution)
  • Otello, ossia Il Moro di Venezia
  • La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
  • Armida
  • La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)
  • Semiramide
  • Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth)
  • Mosè in Egitto (Moses in Egypt)
  • Le comte Ory
  • Guillaume Tell

Sacred music:

  • Messa di Gloria
  • Stabat mater
  • Petite messe solennelle

Instrumental music: 

  • Duetto per Violoncello e Contrabasso
  • Variazzioni di clarinetto
  • Trois marches militaires
  • Concerto per fagotto ed orchestra
  • Fantaisie

Vocal music:

  • Les soirées musicales
  • Francesca da Rimini

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