Carl Maria von Weber an Charles Kemble in London
Dresden, Donnerstag, 6. Januar 1825

Charles Kemble.

Esqr.

Mannager of the Royal-Theatre

Coventgarden

London

Sir!

I habe received Your Kind letter and the first Act of Oberon with great pleasure. But: -- it is too late, -- and seems impossible to finish such a work for the next Season. The more so as I have only the first Act without a plan of the whole. Before I know the extent and the character of all the musical pieces, I can calculate neither the encrease of the effects, nor the complection of each individual piece.

Without the surwey of the whole, my phantasy can not possibly develop itself, or be chained down to minutes.

I [w]right this in the first days of January. This month will certainly pass, ere I receive the other two acts. -- At Easter You wish me in London with the new opera. -- Easter falls upon the foust April. -- March would be lost by the journey and the preparations for it. -- what have I left? one month, which I can not even employ entierly at this performance.

Whether now under these circumstances my presence in London can be advantageous; or whether it were not better to delay this undertaking till the Season of 1826: -- all these questions only You Sir can solve.

Besides this, consider, dear Sir, that my personal arrival in London would wear off the edge of the interest of the public for a compositeur, who can not afford to bring along with him a new entertainment for its greedy ears.

I have thought it my duty, to acquaint you immediately with my opinion. We can consol ourselves with its not being our fault. Now I have yet to confite upon Your Kindness for my weak english, and to assure You of the esteem and friendship with which I have the honor to sign
Sir! your most obedient
Servant
Charles Marie de Weber

Apparat

Zusammenfassung

dankt für 1. Akt Oberon; zu Ostern kann er die Komposition nicht mehr vollenden, zumal er erst den Gesamtplan kennen müsse; bittet um Verschiebung auf die Saison 1826

Incipit

I have received Your Kind letter and the first

Verantwortlichkeiten

Übertragung
Eveline Bartlitz; Joachim Veit

Überlieferung

  1. Philadelphia (US), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library (US-PHhs)
    Signatur: Wizter Family Papers, Butler Section, Box 35, Folder 9

    Quellenbeschreibung

    • 1 DBl. (3 b. S. einschl. Adr.)
    • Siegelrest
    • PSt: a) DRESDEN 6. Jan. 25; b) [Rundst.:] FPO / JA 17 / 1826; c) ALLEMAGNE PAR FRANCE

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