A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1889); Edited by Sir George Grovewith Appendix by J. A. Fuller Maitland Volume 4

A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1889); Edited by Sir George Grovewith Appendix by J. A. Fuller Maitland Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...and for the last ten years he had done nothing at all in that line. On all these grounds the first performance of Der Freischiitz was looked forward to with a widespread feeling of suspense and excitement. Weber thus could not but feel that much was at stake, both for himself and for the cause of German art. As if to point the contrast still more forcibly between himself and Spontini, between native and foreign art, Spontini'i 'Oljmpie, ' entirely remodelled by the composer after its production in Paris, had been given for the first time in Berlin (May 14) only a month before Der Freischiitz, with a success which, though not enduring, was enormous at the time. Weber's friends were full of dismay, fearing that Freischiitz would not have a chance; Weber alone, as if with a true presentiment of the event was always in good spirits. The rehearsals began on May 21, and the performance was fixed for June 18, a day hailed by Weber as of good omen, from its being that of the battle of Waterloo. So entirely was he free from anxiety, that he employed his scanty leisure in composing one of his finest instrumental works, the Concertatuck in F minor, finishing it on the morning of the day on which Der Freischiitz was produced. Benedict relates how he was sitting with Weber's wife when the composer came in and played them the piece just finished, making remarks as he went, and what an indelible impression it made on him. 'He was certainly one of the greatest pianists who ever lived, ' he adds.' Weber's presentiment did not fail him. The 18th of June was as great a day of triumph as ever fell to the lot of a musician. The applause of a house filled to the very but seat was such as had never been heard before, in Germany at any rate. That this magnificent homage.show more

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