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by Sheila Hodges

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ISBN: 0299178749
Author: Sheila Hodges
Language: English
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (April 27, 2002)
Pages: 296
Category: Music
Subcategory: Art
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Three of the greatest operas ever written-The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cos? fan tutte-join the exquisite music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the perfectly matched libretti of Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Three of the greatest operas ever written-The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cos? fan tutte-join the exquisite music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the perfectly matched libretti of Lorenzo Da Ponte. Da Ponte’s own long life (1749–1838), however, was more fantastic than any opera plot

Da Ponte’s own long life (1749–1838), however, was more fantastic than any opera plot.

Da Ponte’s own long life (1749–1838), however, was more fantastic than any opera plot. A poor Jew who became a Catholic priest; a priest who became a young gambler and rake; a teacher, poet, and librettist of genius who became a Pennsylvania greengrocer; an impoverished immigrant to America who became professor of Italian at Columbia University-wherever Da Ponte went, he arrived a penniless fugitive and made a new and eventful life

Da Ponte’s own long life (1749–1838), however, was more fantastic than any opera plot. A poor Jew who became a Catholic priest; a priest who became a young gambler and rake; a teacher, poet, and librettist of genius who became a Pennsylvania greengrocer; an impoverished immigrant to America who became professor of Italian at Columbia University-wherever Da Ponte went, he arrived a penniless fugitive and made a new and eventful life

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The book traces Lorenzo Da Ponte's life from birth in Ceneda, Italy in 1749 to his death in America in 1838. The material used in this biography include Da Ponte's own memoirs and various others letters and text that documented his life in Europe and America. In the back, the book list chronologically dates that of were of importance to Da Ponte, dates of his writings (poems, letters et. and finally dates of his libretti. What did come out, that is intriguing, is the apparent sway Da Ponte's skill with the libretti had in determining the music that Mozart eventually wrote for the three operas mentioned above.

A trio of Mozart's best-loved operatic masterpieces are to be performed at Dubai Opera, but less well known is his relationship with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. A trio of Mozart's best-loved operatic masterpieces are to be performed at Dubai Opera, but less well known is his relationship with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. The 1787 score for Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Three of the greatest operas ever written-The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte-join the exquisite music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the perfectly matched libretti of Lorenzo Da Ponte. Da Ponte's own long life (1749-1838), however, was more fantastic than any opera plot. A poor Jew who became a Catholic priest; a priest who became a young gambler and rake; a teacher, poet, and librettist of genius who became a Pennsylvania greengrocer; an impoverished immigrant to America who became professor of Italian at Columbia University-wherever Da Ponte went, he arrived a penniless fugitive and made a new and eventful life. Sheila Hodges follows him from the last glittering years of the Venetian Republic to the Vienna of Mozart and Salieri, and from George III's London to New York City.

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Kigabar
This work by Sheila Hodges is a biography of the man who was the librettist for three of Mozart's most famous operas: Le Nozzi di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi Fan Tutte.

The book traces Lorenzo Da Ponte's life from birth in Ceneda, Italy in 1749 to his death in America in 1838. The material used in this biography include Da Ponte's own memoirs and various others letters and text that documented his life in Europe and America. In the back, the book list chronologically dates that of were of importance to Da Ponte, dates of his writings (poems, letters etc.) and finally dates of his libretti. There is also an extensive bibliography and a complete index of the names of people in the book who were part of his life.

The book deals extensively with all sections of Da Ponte's life including his growing up, his work in Vienna, (where he met Mozart and worked for Emperor Joseph), his life in London, and finally his last years in America. Among these segments we see a young man who could not resist the fairer sex; a gullible soul who repeatedly lent money to people and rogues that could not or would not repay him, thus leaving him in an almost constant state of poverty throughout his entire lifetime. As that saying goes "he was his own worse enemy".

Personally, I had hoped to gain some insight into the working relationship between himself and Mozart but there is apparently little record of their actual association. What did come out, that is intriguing, is the apparent sway Da Ponte's skill with the libretti had in determining the music that Mozart eventually wrote for the three operas mentioned above. This ability seemed to arise from his upbringing and his education as a young man, where eventually he developed his talent to write these fabulous Italian libretti: libretti that were not only used by Mozart, but by many other composers of the day, including Salieri and Martin Y Soler, just to mention a few. It appears plausable, that without Da Ponte's influence on Mozart, that these three masterpieces would be substantially different than what we know today.

The book is well written, generally easy to read and will be appreciated by anyone interested in Da Ponte, Italian opera or the political intrigues of life in 18th century Vienna. Certainly a special interest book, but one that is an fascinating read.
Qwert
DaPonte was a bon-vivant; a scholar, a poet, a gentleman-rogue who was always disappointed that the world did not revere him for all the effort he put into Italian culture internationally. As librettist to Mozart (and Salieri and others), he initiated a brilliant new style of opera; as a book-publisher and friend of Casanova he lived life large, in Italy (where he was thrown out for his amorous adventures), in Vienna (where he had to leave because of court intrigue), in Trieste(where he had to leave because he was starving), in London (where he left because of theatrical machinations), in New York (where he left because of a lack of business), in Philadelphia (where he ran a grocery and book store)--he was eternally optimistic, eternally misused and misunderstood, but always the happy warrior. HIs autobiography, from which Hodges quotes extensively (and is a merciful editor to his prolix style), is sometimes a catena of complaints against his "enemies" -who were everywhere, apparently. A most interesting book. Anyone with an interest in theater or opera at the end of the 18th century will love it.
Butius
With the movie on the creation of Don Giovanni coming on, I pulled Sheila Hodges' book out. Da Ponte careened through the classical period of opera, and reading it reminded me again of the debt all opera has to its Italian roots, and how the Germans and their kin took it a step or two further to light opera. A scholarly, and well-written book, and an enjoyable lesson in music history.
Peter Morgan
Celore
The book is about the most remarkable men at the end of 18 and the first part of 19th Centuries. he had many lifes - born Jewish he was baptized by the Bishop, who by tradition gave a young Emmanuel his name. He's got an excellent education, became an Abbe and later was a teacher in the seminary, then spent a number of years in Venice, living a life like of Casanova, who became his friend. Later he was expelled from Venice and end up in Vienna, became a famous librettist in Italian Opera in Vienna and did a numerous libretto for Mozart, Salieri and another quite famous composers. He later was forged to emigrate to the United States, where he was organizing New York city Opera.

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