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Carl Maria von Weber
1786 – 1826

The composer Carl Maria von Weber was born on November 18 or 19, 1786 in Eutin, Holstein. As the son of the musician Franz Anton von Weber, he received his first music lessons at an early age, from 1797 with Michael Haydn in Salzburg and from 1801 with Abbé Vogler in Vienna.


At the age of 18 he became opera conductor in Wroclaw, then, from 1813 to 1816, in Prague. In 1817 he took the position of music director at the newly founded Deutsche Oper in Dresden.


In his compositional work, Weber is considered the creator of German romantic opera. His work 'Der Freischütz', premiered in Berlin in 1821, is the epitome of German opera. In addition to operas, Weber composed some stage music, numerous concerts and orchestral works. He died in London on June 5, 1826.

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