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The descriptive note comes from item 372 in :


 1990

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:

Title refers to the first performance of this production, mounted in 1985 by Joachim Herz. (February 13 was also the date Dresden was bombed in 1945). Defends Der Freischutz against the charge that it represents the Metternich era of repression. Reaffirms the socialist interpretation that the opera should represent the human struggle against war, oppression, and superstition. The post-Thirty Years War setting emphasizes stark realism over picturesque romanticism. The war-wasted forest, however, does sprout green leaves as a symbol of hope for the future.

© Donald Gene Henderson
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