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Karl Maria von Weber (Alphonse Tuelle der Junger)

Karl von Weber

Composer Karl Maria von Weber was born in the town of Eutin, near Lübeck, in northern Germany on November 11, 1786. The first child of the second marriage of fifty year old Franz Anton to sixteen year old Genoveva, young Karl Maria was surrounded by music and musicians from birth, as his family moved back and forth across Europe with their small theater company. Father Franz Anton was an accomplished violinist and empressario, and the company of players was comprised mainly of Franz Anton's wife and older children. Impressed by the fame and fortune achieved by Mozart as a child prodigy father Franz set about developing in Karl Maria the same talents and gifts. The boy was started on piano and singing when he was barely able to walk.