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Charles Frieth, preeminent composer, conductor and prodigious womaniser, is preparing for a performance of one of his early works, and the world premiere of "Demonic Aubade". Obstinate and myopic, he is oblivious to the growing turmoil around him; his wife's poor health and dissatisfaction; the exhausted efforts of his secretary; and, the disquieting diligence of his house ...more
Paperback, 68 pages
Published June 5th 2008 by Vintage
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Geschichte eines alternden Komponisten, der seine geliebte, kränkliche Frau liebt, aber ständig betrügt. Sie und ihr Arzt verlieben sich ineinander, während die Haushälterin den Komponisten liebt und ihre eigenen Pläne verfolgt. Schön zu lesen, die Inszenierung würde mich interessieren.
Mariel Amez
First libretto I read. I'm not sure I'll try others.
Words, words and words.....Even if one cannot imagine this piece , libretto, on scene of a theatre somewhere....., every time I read Ian McEwan I am falling in lowe with his writing, sentences again ......

Then at last the idea came with roar of delighted applause
and with loud praise, and giddy fame,
profiles, parties, open doors.
And he grew to the shape of a lion ,
his musical ambition swelled,
while she shrank to the size
of a household mouse........................
Well I'm just not quite sure why this was written. It looks like it should be performed, but I can't imagine it would stand up to a performance; it's too short and lacks substance. Was it only done in this form to highlight/parallel the main character's profession, if so then **bow-bom** (game show loser sound effect). Disappointing given the author's past works.
McEwan in a completely different form: a libretto! An interesting experience and a very good, compelling, typical McEwan story again. Still, I prefer his regular prose, novels and short stories, over this. A great read, definitively. But somehow it doesn't really become his style.
Fabrizio Valenza
Due soli appunti negativi: il prezzo, davvero eccessivo per un libretto di 100 pagine, e la figura di Maria, che passa al colpo di scena finale in modo troppo immediato.
Per il resto, McEwan come al solito è esemplare nella sua scrittura.
There is not much of value here. McEwan seems to have put little effort into this and the ending is quite simplistic and not particularly believable. From the writer of "Atonement", I expected more.
This was surprisingly dissappointing. Not so much the execution of the idea but the idea itself and the very bland, steriotypical and frankly unbelieveable characters.
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Ian McEwan was born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England. He studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last
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“The light of artistic creation is also blinding.
The artist can’t see the suffering he causes
to those around him. And the’ll never
understand the purity of his goal, how the heat
of his invention won’t melt the ice in his heart.
He must be ruthless!
No religion, no purpose except this:
Make something perfect before you die.
Life is short, art is for all time”
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