A brief introductory biography published in the German Democratic Republic. Points out that Weber was one of the first to use simple peasants and hunters as heroes. The Prussian court stayed away from the performance of Der Freischutz, but the middle class and students were enthusiastic from the first. Weber's importance lies not so much as a composer of Der Freischutz or patriotic German songs but in his influence on composers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In contrast to Beethoven's preoccupation with the ideal, Weber was willing to adapt himself to the real world. Contains many illustrations.