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  Libretto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Another noted 18th century librettist was Lorenzo da Ponte, who wrote the libretto for three of Mozart's greatest operas.
Eugène Scribe was one of the most prolific librettists of the 19th century, providing the words for works by Meyerbeer (with whom he had a lasting collaboration), Auber, Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi.
Often in the 17th and 18th centuries the librettist was considered equal to or more important than the composer; this state of affairs was emphasized by the the fact that libretti were more easily printed then, and the music was left in manuscript.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Libretto   (750 words)

 OperaWorld.com's Opera Insights: The Role of the Stage Director   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The librettist Giovanni Casti's Prima la Musica, Poi le Parole (1786) has a scene in which the prima donna instructs her antagonist before she sings an aria, "Show dignity, and don't move till I've finished." Unfortunately, these are probably considered to be the two main features of opera seria style.
The work's librettist, Giambattista Varesco, was not available in Munich, and many of the singers were left up to their own devices about how to move about the stage, although it is clear that Mozart tried his best to help them.
Librettists were originally entrusted with the responsibility of directing an opera and helping the singer/actors move on the stage.
www.operaworld.com /special/director.shtml   (3554 words)

 Writing new opera. A composer's perspective, by Robert Hugill
It is no good the librettist creating a fine libretto, if the composer sets it in a hell for leather without a pause for breath.
In the old days, of course, a librettist was a profession and an experienced one could create a fine, structured, settable libretto based on hints from the composer.
In fact, the profession of librettist seems to hardly exist at all; there are only a handful of writers who, like Amanda Holden and Andrew Porter, have managed to combine the production of a respectable number of operatic libretti with the useful parallel career as a translator.
www.mvdaily.com /articles/2004/11/newopera2.htm   (432 words)

 9. Muenchener Biennale, 12-28 May, 2004 reviewed by John Warnaby   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
With the help of his librettist, Charles Bernstein, he has devised a highly individual brand of music-theatre, based around the intellectual life of Walter Benjamin: its relationship to the society of his time and European culture, including his particular interpretation of history.
It suggested that Ferneyhough and his librettist had come close to realising their basic concept, but also that abstract ideas could provide the stimulus for a powerful music-theatrical experience.
While Baltakas and his librettist, Sharon Joyce, were inspired by ancient Greece, Qu Xiao-song drew on two equally venerable traditions of Chinese theatre, combined with elements of Western composition, to create "Versuchung", the Test.
www.musicweb-international.com /SandH/2004/May-Aug04/Muenchener.htm   (2009 words)

Operas and operettas are usually referred to by the name of the composer alone, the librettist being relegated to a Limbo-like existence.
There are at least two important composer-librettist collaborations in which, even though the librettist be usually ignored by the general opera-going public, the musically aware concede to the librettist a role almost on a par with that of the composer.
Of the well-known librettists who come to mind like da Ponte, von Hofmannstahl, Metastasio and W.S. Gilbert, only Gilbert was well known as a poet aside from his libretti, and Gilbert's published poetry is, by and large, humorous doggerel, for example the Bab Ballads.
www.pzweifel.com /music/lorenzo_da_ponte.htm   (2624 words)

 Autumn 2002 - Trojan Family Magazine
He is best remembered, however, as the librettist of these three masterpieces by a single towering composer.
The brothers collaborated as composer and librettist on a half-dozen Broadway shows before joining with a novelist/playwright whose popular 1925 fable they transformed into the undisputed great American opera.
A bride driven to homicidal madness was the gothic theme (borrowed from Sir Walter Scott) of this Sicilian librettist’s first blockbuster collaboration with a master composer.
www.usc.edu /dept/pubrel/trojan_family/autumn02/last_word.html   (573 words)

 PlaybillArts: Features: Piave and the Duke: Keys to Verdi's Rigoletto
The librettist for 11 of Verdi's operas is scorned by scholars.
The Duke is surely a "singing anti-hero," but Piave is an "unsung hero." The librettist of eleven Verdi operas and the composer's most frequent collaborator, he remains the object of much scholarly debate and derision.
The librettist owes the first stanza to Hugo, who, in turn, copied verses written by the historic King François I. However, the second verse of the aria does not appear in the play, and it seems likely, then, that it is Piave's:
www.playbillarts.com /features/article/129.html   (1535 words)

 Producing a Musical - The Creative Team
Also called the "book writer," the librettist creates the book – or script – of a musical.
In musicals where the dialogue is almost completely replaced by music (Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables), the librettist is essentially responsible for making sure everything weaves into a coherent dramatic flow.
Librettists are most often blamed when a show fails, and not without reason.
www.musicals101.com /creative.htm   (1051 words)

 Books | The librettist's tale
As for his contention that the librettist's job is "to furnish the composer with a plot, characters and words: of these, the least important...
Auden thought that the words should be judged not by their literary quality when read, but by their success or failure in exciting the musical imagination of the composer.
But that alone would be a grave assignment for any librettist.
books.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,5071929-110738,00.html   (884 words)

 Search Results for librettist - Encyclopædia Britannica
British playwright and librettist whose lightweight comedies of manners have survived because of their tight construction and epigrammatic wit.
Russian-born writer and ballet librettist who collaborated with ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev during the last years of the Ballets Russes, then became a major influence on post-World War II...
American playwright and librettist perhaps best known for his witty and articulate librettos, on which he collaborated with such notables as P.G. Wodehouse, George Middleton, and Fred Thompson.
www.britannica.com /search?query=librettist&submit=Find&source=MWTEXT   (390 words)

 PlaybillArts: Features: The Words Come First
"Librettists have always been the number two man, and the lion's share of the attention is always going to go to the composer," says Carlisle Floyd.
It can also be a brutal business to read the letters composers send their librettists, trying to get exactly the right words for a character to sing, or the right pacing for a scene.
In fact Verdi once threatened to emasculate a librettist unless the man gave the composer what he wanted.
www.playbillarts.com /features/article/202.html   (1272 words)

 Christian Friedrich Hunold (Librettist) - Short Biography
The librettist and literary theorist, Christian Friedrich Hunold (pseudonym: ‘Menantes'), established with his libretto Der blutige und sterbende Jesus, set by Reinhard Keiser in 1704, the Protestant Passion oratorio.
Most of his career Hunold spent at the Hamburg opera and as a teacher of poetry and rhethoric at the University of Halle.
During his time in Halle, he wrote the texts for a number of Bach's congratulatory cantatas performed in honour of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen (BWV 66a, BWV 134a, parts of BWV 204, and BWV Anh 5, BWV Anh 6, BWV Anh 7) and the congratulatory poem of the Hofkapelle in 1719.
www.bach-cantatas.com /Lib/Hunold.htm   (209 words)

 Arthurian Musical Theater: A Listing
Librettist: Allwood; Joanna Horton, Jeremy James Taylor, and Frank Whatley.
Librettist: Henry Fielding (revisions and additions by W. Hatchett and E. Haywood).
Librettist: Rudd, Griffiths, Hill, Eleri Davies, Marrvat Wright, Duncan Stoddard, Tommy Wheddall, Rachel Ann Davies, Nerus Tudur, Angharad, Rhiannon, and Olwen Edwards.
www.lib.rochester.edu /CAMELOT/acpbibs/reel.htm   (3314 words)

 YORK: THE VOICE OF FREEDOM - Composer/Librettist Notes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
For me, it was the beginning of a quest, coming to know this man and his companions and trying to find a music that matched their daring, their terror and their tragedies.
My long time librettist, Jason Charnesky, fashioned a wonderful powerful libretto that is set during Lewis' last night at lonely Grinder's Inn on the Natchez Trace.
The cantata begins with a lovely theme on the strings which is violently interrupted by two gun shots.
www.music.psu.edu /YORK/librettist.html   (1875 words)

 Playbill News: Peter Stone, Tony Award-Winning Librettist of Titanic, 1776, Dead at 73   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Peter Stone, the Tony Award-winning librettist who wrote the books of the Broadway musicals Titanic, My One and Only, Sugar, The Will Rogers Follies and 1776, died April 26 at a Manhattan hospital.
Stone was a respected craftsman and much sought after librettist and show doctor.
A private reading of the long aborning murder mystery musical comedy, Curtains, by composer Kander, Ebb and librettist Stone, was expected to happen in May. It follows a May 2001 reading of the same show.
www.playbill.com /news/article/79223.html   (1806 words)

 Donizetti 's Works
Thus, on being banned in Naples, Maria Stuarda had to be rapidly reworked as Buondelmonte, while others received quite substantial revision, such as Lucia di Lammermoor becoming Lucie de Lammermoor for the French stage.
The following lists the librettist, date of composition, opera type and first performance, as well as mentioning some typical modern recordings or those of historical or other significance.
Librettist: Scenes from a libretto, possibly by Romani, originally done for an opera by Nicolini.
www.donizettisociety.com /donizettiworks.htm   (2882 words)

 NEA: FY 2005 GRANT AWARDS: Access to Artistic Excellence - Opera
Milwaukee, WI To support the commissioning and development of a new chamber opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom and librettist Arnold Weinstein.
Norfolk, VA To support a consortium project to present Brundibar, a children's opera by Czech composer Hans Krasa and librettist Adolf Hoffmeister, both victims of the Holocaust.
Washington, DC To support the world premiere of Democracy by composer Scott Wheeler and librettist Romulus Linney, to be presented at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.
arts.endow.gov /grants/recent/05grants/AAE-opera1.html   (2194 words)

 ARTSEDGE: Don Quixote: Lessons
Students will understand the role of the composer and the librettist, and the social history during the time when Rigoletto was created.
Introduce Verdi and Piave as the composer and librettist team.
Read the information on the composer and the librettist at the end of this unit.
artsedge.kennedy-center.org /exploring/donq/lessons/disc_opera_lessons/lesson_06.html   (293 words)

 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Italians in the United States
Still, although the stream of Italian immigration did not set in until much later, completeness demands some mention of the few distinguished Italians who came to the American colonies, or the United States, as scattered precursors of the latter-day tide.
Among those who found their way to America in the eighteenth century was Lorenzo da Ponte, (q.v.), the librettist of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Don Giovanni".
Another name worthy of note is that of Constantino Brumidi, who produced many noteworthy paintings, among them those in the Capitol at Washington, where he died in 1880.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/08202a.htm   (4917 words)

 Opera's emergence was a long time coming -- librettist Gifford recalls a labor of love
Opera's emergence was a long time coming -- librettist Gifford recalls a labor of love
For more than five years, Kent told me, Takemitsu had fruitlessly searched for the right librettist.
When Takemitsu suggested that I might be the person to do it, Nagano and Schmid agreed immediately, and together the three called me from the Hotel Kempinski in Berlin, where they were staying, and invited me to meet them in Vienna, where a retrospective of Takemitsu's music was being performed at the opera house.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/08/27/DDG5REDB511.DTL   (1755 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Search Results Books: Librettist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Lorenzo DA Ponte: The Life and Times of Mozart's Librettist
Goldoni As Librettist: Theatrical Reform and the Drammi Giocosi Per Musica (Studies in Italian Culture.
dedication in the hand of the librettist, signed by him and the compo)
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/external-search?keyword=Librettist&tag=veryhappening-21   (132 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Goldoni As Librettist: Theatrical Reform and the Drammi Giocosi Per Musica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Amazon.ca: Books: Goldoni As Librettist: Theatrical Reform and the Drammi Giocosi Per Musica
Goldoni As Librettist: Theatrical Reform and the Drammi Giocosi Per Musica
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www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0820412309   (147 words)

 Claudia Cummings, Soprano -- Credits
Lucia di Lammermoor (Composer: Gaetano Donizetti; Librettist: Salvatore Cammarano)*
The Marriage Of Figaro (Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte)
Under The Arbor, by Robert Greenleaf, for PBS-TV *Miss Cummings' distinguished career of singing Lucia in Lucia Di Lammermoor began with coaching from Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge.
www.bio-byte.com /showcase/cummings_credits.html   (230 words)

 OPERA America Newsroom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
OPERA America, the service organization for opera, will present a Composer and Librettist Workshop, Mapping Your Future: Pathways to a Premiere.
This one-day event will provide composers and librettists with the rare opportunity to learn about unique aspects of writing operas from prominent American composers and librettists, and to gain perspectives on producing new work from producers, publishers, and performing artists.
Made possible by the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Mapping Your Future: Pathways to a Premiere is a unique educational and professional development forum for composers and librettists.
www.operaam.org /nrcomplib.htm   (326 words)

 Donald Moreland: Librettist of The Conquistador
His works include the off-Broadway play The Chronicles of Bohikee Creek with James Earl Jones and the late Moses Gunn, The Tenth Man and Room Service with Jane Alexander, both at the Arena Stage in Washington DC.
His collaboration with Myron Fink over the years as librettist - playwright of the opera if you will - has produced the biblical story-based Judith and Holofernes, Chinchilla, Fink's fifth opera set in 1920s Manhattan, and most recently The Conquistador.
They are presently working on a new piece based on the life of Edith Wharton.
www.ffaire.com /conq/don.html   (438 words)

 One-Act Opera: "In the Penal Colony," 3m, by Rudolph Wurlitzer (American librettist, screen playwright, 19__-20__) and ...
One-Act Opera: "In the Penal Colony," 3m, by Rudolph Wurlitzer (American librettist, screen playwright, 19__-20__) and Philip Glass (January 31, 1937-20__) from a Franz Kafka (Austrian writer, 1883-1924) short story
Wurlitzer, Rudolph (American librettist, screen playwright), “In the Penal Colony,”
a 90-minute pocket opera adapted from a Franz Kafka (source Austrian writer, 1883-1924) short story into a libretto by Wurlitzer (American librettist, screen playwright), with music by Philip Glass (American composer, January 31, 1937-20__), set on an African prison island, 1907.
www.heniford.net /1234/3m_itpc.html   (1125 words)

 Directory - Arts: Literature: Drama: 18th Century: Metastasio, Pietro   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Pietri Metastasio (Catholic Encyclopedia)  · iweb · Brief biography of the Italian librettist.
Metastasio  · cached · Biography of Italian poet, dramatist and librettist Pietro Metastasio.
Pietro Metastasio: Song Texts  · cached · Lyrics from songs by the Italian librettist.
www.incywincy.com /default?p=486167   (65 words)

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