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Lorenzo Da ponte : poet and adventurer
by:Joseph Louis Russo
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...caused offense to some personage of high rank, for one night he was taken from his bed by the police, brought to Vienna and there allowed...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...caused offense to some personage of high rank, for one night he was taken from his bed by the police, brought to Vienna and there allowed twenty-four hours to quit the capital and its environs. He went thereupon to Trieste, where, as we have seen, he later received from Mozart the letter above quoted. The date at which he reached that city must have been about the end of June or the beginning of July, for in a letter from Zaguri to Casanova, dated July 13th, 1791, there is mention of the Poet's being there.47 Curiously enough, it is only at this point in the Memorie that we learn he was not unaccompanied. He had with him, in fact, and under his charge, on his arrival in Trieste, a womjan--"who," to use his own words, "had been a constant friend of mine for ten years, and who had followed me in my misfortune,"--together with two of his half-brothers, probably Agostino and Paolo.8 His main object in coming to that city was to obtain an audience with Leopold II, who, having made a journey through Italy, was expected to spend a few days there on his way back to Vienna. Accordingly, Lorenzo went at once to call on the governor, Count letter written by Da Ponte to Casanova, from Vienna, on June 18th, 1791. Molmenti, Cart. Casan., vol. i, pp. 264-65. On the other hand, Zaguri wrote to the old Venetian adventurer: "He was crazy about the Ferrarese; said he had lost everything for her, but she left him and wrote to him no more." IUa., vol. ii, p. 159. Molmenti, Cart. Casan., vol. ii, p. 149. 48 Memorie, vol. i, p. 160. Who this woman was and what became of her, remains a mystery. W. A. MOZART FROM AN UNFINISHED PORTRAIT BY J. LiANGE, AT THE MoZART-MUSEUM!N SALZIimU. Brigido (1729-1811), and, having explained his case, succeeded in securing a...
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