Enchanted Wanderer: The Life of Carl Maria von Weber

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APPENDIX II
The Descendants of Franz Anton Weber's
First Marriage

Of the eight children born to Franz Anton Weber and Maria Anna Fumetti, three girls died at Hildesheim;1 and the youngest son, Franz Joseph (b. 1772), left no further trace. The survivors were Fridolin (b. 1761),2 Josepha (b. 1763; d. Nuremberg, 1792), Edmund (b. 1766),3 and the daughter known to students of Goethe as Jeanette Weyrauch (b. 1768).4 Three of these half-brothers and sisters of Carl Maria had distinguished careers in German musical and theatrical life, which have never been properly elucidated--in particular the relationship of Jeanette Weyrauch to the Weber family has been completely overlooked by the composer's other biographers. It is hoped that this outline of the later careers of Fritz, Edmund, and Jeanette will assist in the solution of several longstanding problems in the history of the German stage.


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Fritz, after the breakup of the Weber Dramatic Company in 1796, secured a post at Cassel.5 In 1799 he was at Bayreuth;6 and in

[Numbers in brackets refer to corresponding numbers in the Bibliography.]

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1
Max M. v. Weber [92], I, 11.
2
Biography by F. W. Jähns, in H. Mendel & A. Reissmann: Musikalisches Conversations-Lexikon, XI ( Berlin, 1887), 295 f. For his life up to 1797, see ch. i, above.
3
Biography by Jähns, loc. cit., p. 293 f. Cf. ch. i, above.
4
Jeanette, or Johanna, must be identified with Franz Anton's daughter Maria Anna Theresia Magdalena ([Joh]anna = Jeanette). The date of her birth is confirmed by an old print described in E. H. Schroeder Buch- und Kunsthandlung: Portrait-Katalog. Verzeichniss einer reichhaltigen Sammlung von Portraits Berühmter Personen, V ( Berlin, 1879), 59. Although sometimes referred to as Carl Maria's aunt ( W. Bode, ed.: Goethes Schauspieler und Musiker. Erinnerungen von Eberwein und Lobe [ Berlin, 1912]), she is positively identified as his half-sister by her entry in Edmund's autograph-book ( Mannheimer Geschichtsblätter, XXV [ 1924], col. 27, n. 18).
5
Max [92], I, 34, n., 37.
6
E. Pasqué [118], II, 24 f.

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  • 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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