Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to 'Der Freischütz'

The South Birmingham Sinfonia will be performing this overture as part of the Winter 2015 concerts.

Weber's opera 'Der Freischütz' (the 'free shooter' or 'marksman'), first performed in 1821, is based on a German folk tale and is full of sorcery, magic. The famous "Wolf's Glen Scene" portrays the casting of the magic silver bullets central to the story. Der Freischütz is often regarded as the first great romantic Germanic opera and was a huge influence on Wagner, and also Berlioz, who created a French version for production in Paris.