Weigl, Joseph. (1766-1846)
Aria from "Die Uniform"
Aria from the Viennese composer's 1805 heroic-comic opera Die Uniform. 2 pp. oblong bifolium of light green paper; engraved throughout. Handwritten title on the blank recto first page. Light toning; overall in fine condition. 12.25 x 9 inches (31 x 23 cm).
The son of Joseph Franz Weigl, the principal cellist in the orchestra of the Esterházy family, Joseph Weigl studied music under Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Antonio Salieri. He became Kapellmeister at the court theatre in Vienna in 1792, and from 1827 to 1838 was vice-Kapellmeister of the court. Weigl composed a number of operas, both Italian and German and in various genres, although most of his late works are pieces of sacred music. His best known work was the opera Die Schweizerfamilie (1809). He also set Emanuel Schikaneder's libretto Vestas Feuer (1805), after Ludwig van Beethoven had composed a single scene and then abandoned it.