'Simple Gifts' Aaron Copland
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Lorenzo da Ponte: the scandalous life of the man who wrote Mozart's words
Da Ponte wrote the libretti for Mozart's most popular Italian operas - 'The Marriage of Figaro' (1786), 'Don Giovanni' (1787), and 'Così fan tutte' (1790). His version of the Don Juan legend, in particular, had a lasting literary influence. During the same period Da Ponte achieved his greatest popular success with the libretto to Soler’s 'Una cosa rara' (1787).