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Lot #911
Carl Maria von Weber

Rare letter from London while completing the influential Oberon

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Rare letter from London while completing the influential Oberon

German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist, and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school (1786–1826). LS signed “C. M. von Weber,” one page, 5 x 8, March 11, 1826. Letter to a British painter, penned in the hand of Romantic composer George Smart and signed at the conclusion by Weber. In full: “I should have had much pleasure in complying with your request, but that I have promised to sit to another artist if my time will admit of it but which I much fear.” In fine condition.

Weber had been commissioned to write an opera based on C. M. Wieland’s epic poem Oberon and had just arrived in London on March 6 to complete it and begin rehearsals with The Royal Opera. He stayed at the home of Sir George Smart, his close friend and an accomplished musician in his own right. Although suffering from tuberculosis, Weber was able to push through rehearsals and conduct the premiere of Oberon one month after writing this letter. He conducted twelve performances of it before passing away at Smart’s house on June 5. As Weber could not speak English and had to dictate this letter to Smart, similar examples are exceedingly rare. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs And Artifacts Featuring Animation
  • Dates: #479 - Ended July 13, 2016

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