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Overture: Oberon (CB)

Composer
Carl Maria von Weber (1826)
Year of composition
1826
Arranger
Year of arrangement
2014
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
9 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Concert band / wind band
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Oberon, or The Elf King’s Oath is a 3-act romantic opera in English with spoken dialogue and music by Carl Maria von Weber. The libretto by James Robinson Planche was based on a German poem, Oberon, by Christoph Martin Wieland, which itself was based on the epic romance Huon de Bordeaux, a French medieval tale. Against his doctor’s advice, Weber undertook the project commissioned by the actor-impresario Charles Kemble for financial reasons. Having been offered the choice of Faust or Oberon as subject matter, he travelled to London to complete the music, learning English to be better able to follow the libretto, before the premiere of the opera. However, the pressure of rehearsals, social engagements and composing extra numbers destroyed his health, and Weber died in London on June 5, 1826.

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