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Encyclopedia > Silvana (opera)

Silvana is an opera by Carl Maria von Weber, first performed in Frankfurt am Main on 16 September 1810. The libretto, by Franz Carl Hiemer, is a reworking of an earlier, unsuccessful opera by Weber, Das Waldmädchen. Weber also reused music from the same piece in Silvana. The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... Carl Maria von Weber Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst, Freiherr von Weber (November 18, 1786 in Eutin, Holstein – June 5, 1826 in London, England) was a German composer, conductor, pianist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. ... Frankfurt am Main [ˈfraŋkfʊrt] is the largest city in the German state of Hessen and the fifth largest city of Germany. ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...

Weber used a melody from a discarded aria for the opera to compose the popular Seven Variations on a theme from Silvana for clarinet and piano. He used the same melody for the theme-and-variations first movement of his Sonata no. 5 in A major (from the Six sonates progressives for piano and violin obbligato, J 99-104). Two soprano clarinets: a Bâ™­ clarinet (left) and an A clarinet (right, with no mouthpiece). ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ...

There is a complete recording of the opera, conducted by Gerhard Markson (on the Marco Polo label). Markson has also recorded, for the same label, the only complete recording of Weber's first complete opera, Peter Schmoll. The overture, unique among Weber's operas in that it is not based on tunes from different numbers of the opera, is the least popular among Weber's opera overtures. It is a fine work, nevertheless, and Neeme Järvi has made an excellent recording of it in his collection of Weber overtures (on Chandos).


  • The Viking Opera Guide ed. Holden (1993)



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