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Gian Carlo Menotti
(1911-2007) born on
Jul 7
Italian composer. His realistic operas on his own librettos represent a successful combination of 20th-century dramatic situations with the traditional Italian opera.
The violinist must possess the poet's gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within.

A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance.
Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out.
The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency half tiger, half poet.
Waiting and hoping are the whole of life, and as soon as a dream is realized it is destroyed.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Compleat Violinist," 1986.
R: In NY "Times," 14 Apr 1974.
A: On patrons of the Metropolitan Opera; in "Time," 1 May 1950.
N: "The Compleat Violinist," 1986.
K: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.

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