Carl Maria von Weber an Barham Livius in London
Dresden, Donnerstag, 30. Juni 1825


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Barham Livius Esqr

Theatre Royal, Conventgarden.



I have received in due time your honored letter of the 14th of this month, and hasten to inform you of a little confusion which has resulted by your own arrangements. Instead of requiring me, via recta “Euryanthe”, you have adressed your demands to Mr Simrok at Bonn, and only after the answer of this very honest man, you have had the goodness to advise him to require Euryanthe from me. This he has now done in a letter of the 9th June, in which he writes me that the Sum of one hundred Pounds Sterling -- which I have received of Mr Bassenge without Knowing the Sender -- was remitted to me at your Request by Mr Kemble. -- In consequence of all this I have announced to Mr Kemble the receipt of this Sum and that I hall send him “Euryanthe” by Mr Simrok. Now, I am obliged to tell him the contrary; and this is not my fault, but only the consequence of your contradictory Dispositions.

I can not conceal my dear Sir, that I am very sorry, to see your works correspond not with all the Kind things which you have lavished upon me by word of mouth as well as now in your honored Letter. But I may be in the wrong, and some thins resulte perhaps more from a certain pleasing confusion which often accompanies lively minds in matters of bussiness, and I am perhaps too severe relatively to those who name themselves friends of me. I hope you will not be out of humour on account of my sincerity, which will only exhibit my way, “few words, and accuracy in bussiness.” -- -- .

According to your Request, I shall deliver in a few days the text and the Partition of “Euryanthe” and also the little Ballet of “Preciosa” -- to Mr Bassenge for Mr Hawes in London. Whilest I am acknowledging with thanks that this honored gentleman is determined to have Euryanthe performed in its perfect and entire state, I must own, that I can not promise to myself any success of it, after all I was told -- also by yourself -- of the tast of the public in London.

With regard to your wishes to purchase any manuscripts of mine which have not yet been published in Germany, I can not do so, even with the best will, not having any of them. Yet must I remark hereat, that none of my Partitions have been printed, and that consequentely all those who have not received them by me, are not entitled to their possession.

You write me. “the Theatres have reaped an abundant harvest from your labours, and those of your translators -- and every body has been deligted an profitted but the composers and the poor authors, who have been at most overlooked pp.”

Was I not entitled to hope that you my dear Sir would fight my cause? and does it agree with the renowned brittish Righteousness and generousity to overlook entirely such an object? and is not it natural that the composer finds himself still more grieved than overracked by it? and is not it pardonable that he confess his feelings? -- -- But -- let us pass over it -- --. My health is yet so bad, that I am obliged to go the 3t July to the Bath of Ems near Coblenz, where I shall remain till the middle of August. there your letters can find me.

I beg you, to tell Mr Planché many kind things from my part, and that I am occupied with nothing, than with his beautiful Poetry.

I hope to see you the next Season in London, and there we can come better to an explanation by word of mouth, than by the weak surrogate of writting, the more so on my parte in a foreign language.
Mistress Weber returns you your good wishes with thanks and I am with esteem
Sir your most obedient



Klage über Livius Verhalten u. Bestellung der Euryanthe bei Simrock; bestätigt Geldempfang; will die Oper u. ein Ballett zu Preciosa schnell liefern; kann keinen Erfolg der Oper versprechen; L’s Wunsch, alle unpubl. Werke Webers zu kaufen, kann er nicht erfüllen; beklagt, daß Livius sich nicht für seine Rechte in London einsetzte; erwähnt Kur in Ems


I have received in due time your honored letter


Eveline Bartlitz; Joachim Veit


  • Text Source: Washington (US), The Library of Congress, Music Division (US-Wc)
    Shelf mark: ML95.W394

    Physical Description

    • 1 DBl. (3 b.S. einschl. Adr.)
    • Siegelrest
    • PSt: a) DRESDEN 30. Jun. 25; b) ALLEMAGNE PAR FORBACH; c) [Rundstempel:] FPO / JY: 11 / 1825


    • Maggs Brothers Kat. 433 (Weihn. 1922), Nr. 3819

    Corresponding sources

    • Draft: Berlin (D), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung (D-B)
      Shelf mark: Mus. ms. autogr. theor. C. M. v. Weber WFN 6, Mappe XVII, Bl. 90b/v u. 91r
    • Copy: Berlin (D), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung (D-B)
      Shelf mark: Weberiana Cl. II B, 2ß, Nr. 5, S. 892–894

      Physical Description

      • dt. Übers.


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