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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.
         
   
F
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.

R
A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance.
A
Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out.
N
The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency half tiger, half poet.
K
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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