Carl Maria von Weber an James Robinson Planché in London
Dresden, Samstag, 3. Dezember 1825


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My dear Sir!

I am very ashamed to be your debtor for three amiable letters. but You must have indulgence with a very much toiled and moiled poor man, as I am.

I have now to give you an account of our Oberon. two acts are ended. the first is in its total state as you have written it. In the second I have yet fullfilled your wish to compose “a lonely arab maid” pp – but I would have ommitted – o Araby my native land" – in the third act, because I fear that the Opera will be too long already. this Song however shall not disunite us; and I will compse it, perhaps first in England.

The Duo for Rezia and Huon which you was so Kind as to send me, I have not composed, because, beautiful as it is, it can not be placed in that Situation with Effect.

Little changements which I have permitted myself, shall, as I hope, be ratified by you.

My health is yet weak indeed, but much better than last Winter and if Oberon is yet fixed to be played on Eastermonday 1826, I hope surely to be in London the first days of march.

I pray, You will be so good, as to say to Mr Livius that I have already sent him an answer under the date of the 18t Septembre on his adress = Dorsett Cottage, Grosvenor Place.

Not enough can I express the pleasure in hoping to make your personell acquaintance, and till than and ever believe me my dear Sir most Sincerely yours



berichtet ihm über die Komposition des Oberon mit Erwähnung einzelner Nummern, die er z.T. nicht komponieren will; bei anhaltender Gesundheit hofft er, daß die Oper zu Ostern 1826 gegeben werden kann; bittet, Livius mitzuteilen, er habe ihm schon im Sept. geantwortet


I am very ashamed to be your debtor


Eveline Bartlitz; Joachim Veit


  • Text Source: Cambridge (GB), Fitzwilliam Museum (GB-Cfm)

    Physical Description

    • 1 Bl. (1 b. S. o. Adr.)


    • Sotheby (3.Mai 1902), Nr. 219

    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. 92a/v
    • Copy: Berlin (D), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung (D-B)
      Shelf mark: Weberiana Cl. II B, 2ß, Nr. 12, S. 901–902 (dt. Übers.)
    • Planché, J.R.: Recollections and Reflections. Vol.1, London 1872, S. 78–79


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