Enchanted Wanderer: The Life of Carl Maria von Weber

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CHAPTER I
Noisy Webers

Dem Schnee, dem Regen,
Dem wind entgegen,
Im Dampf der Klüfte,
Durch Nebeldüfte,
Immer zu! Immer zu!
Ohne Rast und Ruh!
*
--GOETHE

EVEN TODAY EUTIN IS SUCH A LITTLE TOWN THAT TOURISTS FROM Hamburg never visit it; never see the lovely lake and the long gardens with staked roses whose foliage is cut away until the flowers bloom economically without leafage. Eutin looks now much as it did toward the end of the eighteenth century, with solid German Renaissance houses and a charming château girdled by a moat where swans sail the livelong summer day. The trees in the linden alley were young then, and the gardens in the English style newly laid out.

But now the ducal family is exiled, and the palace of the Prince Bishops of Lübeck is shown to rustics for a ten-pfennig piece. In 1785 the Prince Bishop, who was also Duke of Oldenburg, used his Orangerie for theatricals requiring the services of numerous artists--among them Franz Anton Weber, an old employee of the

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*

"Through snow, wind and rain
They struggle with pain;
Through the grotto's death-cold
Where the chill mists enfold;
Will the journey ne'er cease?
There's no rest! There's no peace!"

-3-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Chapter I- Noisy Webers 3
  • Chapter II- Father and Son 19
  • Chapter III- Lad''s Will 38
  • Chapter IV- Stranger at the Erl-King''s Palace 53
  • Chapter V 65
  • Chapter VI- Further Search for the Blue Flower 80
  • Chapter VII- Pilgrim and Stranger 93
  • Chapter VIII- Soul in Bondage 115
  • Chapter IX- Wanderer''s Night Song 137
  • Chapter X- The Lovely Town 151
  • Chapter XI- Bridal Chorus 170
  • Chapter XII 179
  • Chapter XIII- The Great Year 188
  • Chapter XIV- Top of the Mountain 206
  • Chapter XV- Sister Euryanthe 219
  • Chapter XVI- Sehnsucht 238
  • Chapter XVII- Journey without End 249
  • Chapter XVIII- Weber in London 260
  • Chapter XIX- The Lonely Heart 279
  • Appendix I- Fürstenau on Weber''s Treatment in London 289
  • Appendix II- The Descendants of Franz Anton Weber''s First Marriage 292
  • Notes 299
  • A Weber Bibliography 321
  • Index 339
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