The horn is surely the most “romantic” of instruments, and it is a well-known fact that it plays a prominent role in Weber’s oeuvre. Der Freischütz and Oberon would be unthinkable without their horn calls, whether to signify yearning or the clarion call of the hunt. But Weber did more than give the instrument important solo parts in his operas; he also wrote a virtuoso concert piece that to this day is regarded as one of the most difficult in the whole horn repertoire – not least because the soloist has to play three-part chords (!) in the cadenza. This Henle Urtext edition is based on the autograph, the engraver’s copy (checked by Weber himself) and the first edition, and so offers the best possible musical text for those wishing to learn this highly effective virtuoso piece. The Preface also for the first time provides biographical details of Sebastian Rauch, the Munich horn player who commissioned this Concertino.
- Concertino op. 45
Carl Maria von Weber’s (1786 – 1826) Concertino for Horn and Orchestra op. 45 had a relatively long genesis, stretching over a period of twelve years from the first manuscript to its publication. The origins of the work go back as far as 1806, when Weber, aged just 19, was briefly employed at Schloss Carlsruhe near Breslau (present-day Wrocław), in Silesia. There, … more
About the composer
Carl Maria von Weber
One of the most important German opera composers before Wagner, he advocated for a German opera through his own output and in his writings. His fame is predicated on “Der Freischütz,” which was received emphatically as a German nationalist opera. His instrumental works (orchestral pieces, solo concerti, chamber music, piano works) are largely based on Classical models though already anticipate the Romantic sound.
|1786||Born in Eutin on November 18 or 19. Journeyman years with the “Webersche Schauspielergesellschaft,” a wandering acting troupe. He plays smaller roles for children.|
|1797||The troupe comes to Salzburg, where he studies composition with Michael Haydn from 1798.|
|1800||Premiere in Freiberg of his first Romantic, comic opera, “Das Waldmädchen” (“The Forest Maiden”).|
|beginning 1803||Years of study in Vienna with Georg Josef Vogler.|
|1804–06||First appointment as music director in Breslau (Wrocław).|
|1810||Premiere in Frankfurt am Main of the Romantic opera “Silvana.” Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 11.|
|1811||Clarinet Concerti No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73, and No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 74, commissioned by Maximilian of Bavaria; in 1812, Piano Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 32.|
|1813–16||Opera director and music director of the Estates Theater in Prague. From 1817 onward,courtl music director in Dresden.|
|1819||Piano pieces: “Rondo brillante” in E-flat major, Op. 62; “Aufforderung zum Tanze” (“Invitation to the Dance”) in D-flat major, Op. 65; “Polacca brillante” in E-flat major, Op. 72. Trio in G minor for piano, flute, and cello, Op. 63.|
|1821||Premiere in Berlin of his Romantic opera “Der Freischütz,” Op. 77; it is received as an archetypal German opera due to its subject matter and music, although it integrates German, French, and Italian elements. Konzertstück in F minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 79, which paves the way for one-movement concerto compositions in the nineteenth century.|
|1823||Premiere in Vienna of “Euryanthe,” Op. 81.|
|1826||Premiere in London of “Oberon.” Death in London on June 5.|
About the authors
Mit dieser Urtextausgabe ist wieder ein exzellentes und ansprechendes Exemplar bei Henle erschienen. Ein Hornstimme in E und eine transponierte Stimme in F sind beigelegt. Die akribisch genaue Arbeit des Herausgebers hat sich gelohnt.
Für die Erstellung der Klavierreduktion zu Webers Concertino wurde mit Johannes Umbreit ein absoluter Könner seines Faches engagiert. Besonders gefallen die Instrumentationsbezeichnungen im Klavierauszug. Das hilft nicht nur dem Pianisten, es verfeinert auch die Klavierstimme, die damit an Schattierungen und Transparenz gewinnt.