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The Man Who Wrote Mozart The Extraordinary Life Of Lorenzo Da Ponte by Anthony Holden
  

The Man Who Wrote Mozart The Extraordinary Life Of Lorenzo Da Ponte

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The Man Who Wrote Mozart The Extraordinary Life Of Lorenzo Da Ponte by Anthony Holden

In June 1805, a 56-year-old Italian immigrant disembarked in Philadelphia carrying only a violin. Before dying in New York 23 years later he would find New World respectability as the first Professor of Italian at Columbia University. For now, he set up shop as a grocer. There was always an air of mystery about the Abbe Lorenzo da Ponte. A scholarly poet, teacher and priest, with a devoted wife, he also had a reputation as a womanizer. Da Ponte charmed all he met, pioneering the place of Italian music in American life. But his self-assurance also excited mistrust. When the first Italian opera was performed in New York in 1825, he had the nerve to claim he had written it. Like the memoirs he had recently written, to pay off more debts, the old man was so full of tall stories...The many lives of Lorenzo da Ponte - librettist of Mozart's three great operas, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi Fan Tutte - begin in Venice, linger in Vienna and London and ends in New York, where today he lies buried in an unmarked grave in the world's largest cemetery.

Reviews

'Anything biographical or musical that Anthony Holden writes is automatically worth reading, and this exquisitely written book sees him dicourse eruditely on both topics.'
Alex Larman OBSERVER

'Clear, impartial, accessible and concise'
Ross Leckie THE TIMES

'An enjoyable biography of a remarkable man'
THE SUNDAY TIMES

About the Author

Anthony Holden enjoyed an award-winning career at the Sunday Times before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster 20 years ago. Also known for his translating of opera libretti, he is currently music critic of the Observer.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th January 2007

Author

Anthony Holden

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories


Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups

ISBN

9780753821800

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