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The man who wrote Mozart : the extraordinary life of Lorenzo Da Ponte

Author: Anthony Holden
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In June 1805, a 56-year-old Italian immigrant disembarked in Philadelphia carrying only a violin. Before dying in New York, in his ninetieth year, he would find New World respectability as a bookseller, then 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Lorenzo Da Ponte; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Lorenzo Da Ponte; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Lorenzo Da Ponte
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Holden
ISBN: 0297850806 9780297850809
OCLC Number: 62132489
Description: xv, 238 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt I: Veneto --
Pt II. Europe --
Pt III. America.
Responsibility: Anthony Holden.
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The many and varied lives of Lorenzo da Ponte - librettist of Mozart's three greatest operas.  Read more...

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