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Hofmannsthal, Hugo vonlocked

  • Robert Henderson
  •  and Thomas S. Hansen

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(b Vienna, Feb 1, 1874; d Vienna, July 15, 1929). Austrian poet, dramatist and librettist. If he was not, as has sometimes been claimed, the greatest of librettists, few writers of comparable distinction, and with an already firmly established literary reputation, have applied themselves so conscientiously and over so long a period to the composition of operatic librettos. During the 23 years of his collaboration with Richard Strauss, Hofmannsthal not only restored the words in opera to their former position of creative equality with the music, but wrote librettos which number among the few that can be read with pleasure as literature....

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