Giacomo Meyerbeer, a Life in Letters Giacomo Meyerbeer

ISBN: 9780931340192

Published: July 1st 1989

Hardcover

215 pages


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Giacomo Meyerbeer, a Life in Letters  by  Giacomo Meyerbeer

Giacomo Meyerbeer, a Life in Letters by Giacomo Meyerbeer
July 1st 1989 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 215 pages | ISBN: 9780931340192 | 10.57 Mb

A joy throughout. A collection of letters this brief necessarily paints an incomplete portrait, but if those selected here are an accurate representation of the subject, then Meyerbeer was indeed an incredible man. To be able to achieve his level of success as a Jew in an era when cultural and institutional racism were downright toxic, and to do it with such class and good humour is nearly miraculous. Meyerbeer was certainly aware of the injustice of his position in society, but he and his adoring fans didn’t allow it to rain on the parade.

His generous spirit, his heroic work ethic and (most importantly) his unjustly underrated music were too great a tide to be swept away by the naysayers. His betrayals by his protégée Wagner and his friend Heine are heartbreaking and well known, but they’re all the more poignant when you have a chance to read direct from Meyerbeer’s pen how much he did to support both of these ingrates (forgive me Maestro Wagner, I’m just telling it like it is).As for the presentation of the collection itself, the editor’s scene-setting introductions do an excellent job of complementing the actual letters and helping them tell a full story.If you like Meyerbeer or simply opera or the era in general, you’ll enjoy this book.

In any case, listen to Meyerbeer, read about him, and get to know him better. He was a titan!



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