Enchanted Wanderer: The Life of Carl Maria von Weber

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CHAPTER XV
Sister Euryanthe

Wer nie sein Brod mit Thränen ass,
Wer nie die kummervollen Nächte
Auf seinem Bette weinend sass,
Der kennt euch nicht, ihr himmlischen Mächtel
!*

-- GOETHE

IN NOVEMBER 1821 DOMENICO BARBAJA, THE VIENNA IMPRESARIO, RE- quested Weber to compose an opera after the style of Der Freischütz, to be produced at the Kärnthnertor Theater early in the season of 1822- 1823. The nervous reaction following the success of Weber's first great opera had conspired with his chagrin at the coldness of the Court and his uncertainty as to whether he had been wise in refusing the Cassel post, to cast him into deep depression; but his spirit rose at Barbaja's offer and forced him to tremendous activity. His bodily strength was spurious and his dream too near the infinite for realization. Barbaja wanted an opera resembling Der Freischütz; but Weber determined to soar above former flights and write a grand opera with recitatives to fill the place of dialogue; it must silence the critics who considered him a popular composer; it should be a work pre-eminently aristocratic. He bespoke a universal opera which could appear on every stage.

It is possible that with a perfect libretto he might have attained his ambition. Yet how many operas have been written to perfect

____________________
*

"Who never ate the bitter bread of weeping,
Who never knew the sorrow-laden night
Of him who crouches on his bed, ne'er sleeping;
Such knows thee not, O thou creator's might!"

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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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