Weber, Carl Maria (Friedrich Ernst) von
- Clive Brown
(b Eutin, ?18 Nov 1786; d London, 5 June 1826). German composer. He was a key figure in the early development of German Romantic opera.
Less than a year after Weber’s birth, his father Franz Anton gave up his post as town musician in Eutin and moved to Hamburg, where he set about forming the Weber Theatre Company. The company consisted of Franz Anton, his second wife Genovefa (Weber’s mother), his sister Adelheid and his three sons by his first marriage, together with a number of other actors. Most of Weber’s childhood was spent travelling from town to town in the Bavarian region with this motley group as they performed their repertory of popular plays and Singspiels. Consequently, his education was somewhat haphazard; he received a few music lessons from his half-brother Fridolin and sporadic lessons in music and other subjects from teachers in the various towns where the troupe performed. A longer stay in Hildburghausen, necessitated by the serious illness of Weber’s mother in ...