Enchanted Wanderer: The Life of Carl Maria von Weber

Enchanted Wanderer: The Life of Carl Maria von Weber

Enchanted Wanderer: The Life of Carl Maria von Weber

Enchanted Wanderer: The Life of Carl Maria von Weber

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This book is not a treatise on Weber's music, but the biography of a man whose life as virtuoso, conductor, journalist, lover, romanticist, and wanderer would still fascinate though not a note had survived him. No previous biography of von Weber has been based on so wide a range of material, and consequently many legends have been discarded and many facts newly interpreted; but the reader may be assured that our arguments are carefully segregated and cannot interfere with his enjoyment of the narrative.

For him who values his right to verify or to disagree, however, it may be added that every statement which deviates from the traditional account--as contained in Baron Max von Weber's monumental biography of his father--rests on evidence fully set forth in the notes. Exception is made only for what is readily traceable in books of general history or in the standard English and German reference works. The bibliography, designed to assist other students, contains only what we believe may be of use to them; and a list of recently published Weber music takes the place of the usual complete catalogue.

The romantic verses heading each chapter have been selected from the works of Weber's contemporaries, and translated with an eye rather to the sense of the original than to independent poetic merit. All quotations which have previously appeared in English have been freshly translated. Our equivalents for various sums of money are subject to the usual reservations concerning metallic content and purchasing power. Illustrations unlikely to be familiar to American or English readers have been given the preference. For assistance in procuring illustrations we are particularly indebted to Mrs. Kathryn M. Achuff, Curator of the admirable Robbins Print Collection at . . .

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