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The descriptive note comes from item 282 in :


Henderson, Alice H.
Henderson, Donald Gene
Carl Maria von Weber : a guide to research
New York: Garland, 1990, 385 p.

This is what Donald Gene Henderson had to say:

Asserts that Tonkunstlers Leben provides important insights into Weber's aesthetic ideas, which have received inadequate scholarly attention. Like his music, his aesthetic principles can not be simply labeled Romantic but include important elements of Enlightenment and Biedermeier. Asserts that Weber was the first "Tonbildregisseur" in European music history and that his genius lay in his ability to evoke a mood and a specific memory through sound. Weber's aesthetic ideas are epitomized in Chapter 5 of Tonkunstlers Leben in the statement that music is "love itself, the purest and most ethereal language, myriad-faced and containing all the colors of the rainbow."

© Donald Gene Henderson
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