By Burton D. Fisher
Weber's DER FREISCHUTZ, with primary Characters, tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with tune Examples, and a entire and insightful research and remark.
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Additional info for Der Freischutz (Opera Journeys Mini Guides)
W. Jähns noted that the premiere of Der Freischütz took place on June 18, 1821, also the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo: the parallel drawn was that the emancipation of Germany from the domination of Napoleon coincided with the liberation of German opera from its bondage to Italian and French influences. Although German opera did not immediately succeed in extinguishing Italian and French influences, the nation had erected a rival from which foreign genres never quite recovered. The overture to Der Freischütz is an acclaimed masterpiece; it employs motives and melodies that reappear in the opera, forecasting important dramatic moments.
The action of the story takes place during the period following the Thirty Years’ War. Weber was determined to apply a more profound interpretation to the original folk tale. He avoided conflicts with the censorship authorities by recreating elements of the tale, and provided much of the characterization in accordance with his own impulses. Originally, the opera libretto was in four acts, the first act divided into two scenes. The first scene was to take place at the Hermit’s house in a forest; the second before the tavern.
With Weber, the groundwork had been prepared for opera to evolve toward its most significant metamorphosis: music drama.
Der Freischutz (Opera Journeys Mini Guides) by Burton D. Fisher