A bicentenary tribute to Weber, hailed as the first non-Viennese composer of paramount importance on the German scene since J.S. Bach. Thumbnail sketch of major biographical events, emphasizing the dual aspect of his career as composer-traveling piano virtuoso and as composer-opera director. Discussion of reforms Weber instituted at Breslau, Prague, and Dresden, innovations in his own works which were the cornerstones of German national opera. Emphasizes certain elements of French opera which Weber utilized and transformed into a German idiom, the influence of his three greatest operas on Wagner, Mendelssohn, and Debussy. Brief discussion of the instrumental and piano works and Weber's prose writings. Cites French translations of Warrack's biography and Weber's writings.