Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/11/19

“November 19, 1786 ” by Rick Sanders

Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1786, Carl Maria von Weber, the German composer is born. He dies in 1826. from Wikipedia we read:

Weber’s piano music all but disappeared from the repertoire. One possible reason for this is that Weber had very large hands and delighted in writing music that suited them.[6] There are several recordings of the major works for the solo piano (including complete recordings of the piano sonatas and the shorter piano pieces, by Garrick Ohlsson, Alexander Paley and others), and there are recordings of the individual sonatas by Claudio Arrau (1st Sonata), Alfred Cortot (2nd Sonata), Sviatoslav Richter (3rd Sonata) and Leon Fleisher (4th Sonata). The Invitation to the Dance, although better known in Berlioz‘s orchestration (as part of the ballet music for a Paris production of Der Freischütz), has long been played and recorded by pianists (e.g., Benno Moiseiwitsch [in Carl Tausig‘s arrangement]). Invitation to the Dance also served as the thematic basis for Benny Goodman‘s swing theme song for the radio program Let’s Dance.

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