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Der Freischutz (Opera Journeys Mini Guides) by Burton D. Fisher

By Burton D. Fisher

Weber's DER FREISCHUTZ, with imperative Characters, tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with song Examples, and a finished and insightful research and statement.

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Nevertheless, the libretto does fill in those details; Agathe explains her visit to the Hermit in Act II, and the holiness of the roses is explained in Act IIIScene 2. Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series D Page 32 er Freischütz was a milestone in the evolution of German opera, thoroughly German in spirit, subject, ideals, characterization, setting, and music. Its story derives from one of those immemorial folktales whose origin reaches back to the genesis of the early German peoples: a lifestyle that was simple and wholehearted, a people who were compassionate and sincere, and huntsmen and villagers who share their characteristic joys and pleasures.

T he underlying story of Der Freischütz is founded on an old legend among huntsmen in Germany: the man who sells his soul to Zamiel, the demon hunter, or BlackHuntsman, would receive seven magic bullets; the bullets always hit their mark, but the seventh bullet belongs to the demon, who, after thee years, will use it at his will to kill the huntsman who had sold his soul to him. However, if the huntsman is able to find a substitute victim for the demon, his life will be extended and he will receive a fresh supply of magic bullets.

The premiere generated conflict and controversy: the public was wildly enthusiastic, but the critics were less favorable. ” But the opera appealed to the affections of the German people, an affection for the work that has never diminished. T he underlying story of Der Freischütz is founded on an old legend among huntsmen in Germany: the man who sells his soul to Zamiel, the demon hunter, or BlackHuntsman, would receive seven magic bullets; the bullets always hit their mark, but the seventh bullet belongs to the demon, who, after thee years, will use it at his will to kill the huntsman who had sold his soul to him.

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