The Lovers’ Almanac 29 November – Time – Love Consists – birth of Gaetano Donizetti

Dear Zazie,  Here is today’s Lovers’ Almanac from Mac Tag dedicated to his muse.  What does love consist of for you?  Rhett

The Lovers’ Almanac

Dear Muse,

Special thanks to one of my oldest, best friends. The talented singer/songwriter/musician, Bret Mosley @bretmosley, who pretty much wrote this. I was just the conduit.

i feel the sense of self returnin’
with half a century of added
savory seasonin’…

just tryin’ to figure out each day
with a sense of momentum
buildin’ around new verse
and my connection with you,
which is in the top tier
of those aspects of life
for which I feel Thanks Given

days alone, no longer delayed
time, finally to slow down
to tweak for scansion and flow
to dig in to push the envelope
of compellin’ abstraction
while stoppin’ well  short
of the same ol’ drivel

perhaps even time
to seek and find a successful
plaitin’ of mutual entendre
as I address my ownself,
lookin’ back at squandered years
of panderin’ and playin’ savior
to the human wreckage toward which
i chose to point my heart, nee lust

but if this shall be the final
amazin’ stage in the journey
rid of codependent shackles,
fully unhooked, and in earnest
restorin’ my gifts and joy
then so shall it be as is

© copyright 2017 mac tag/cowboy Coleridge all rights reserved

Love Consists

Love consists in this:

That two solitudes,
come together
and discover
they cannot be
without each other
Two solitudes
that protect and guard
each other always
Two solitudes
that touch each other
in ways they never
ever touched before

Unrequited love
consists in this:

That two solitudes
come together
and discover
that only one
cannot ever be
without the other
Only one protects
and guards the other
Only one touches
as if never touched

So the question
that haunts my nights
and torments my days:
Why did she not love
the way I loved her

© copyright 2012 mac tag/Cowboy Coleridge all rights reserved

Gaetano Donizetti
(Portrait by Giuseppe Rillosi)

Today is the birthday of Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (Bergamo, Lombardy; 29 November 1797 – 8 April 1848 Bergamo); Italian composer.  Along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, Donizetti was a leading composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century.

Donizetti attended the Bologna Academy, where, at the age of 19, he wrote his first one-act opera, the comedy Il Pigmalione.  Over the course of his career, Donizetti wrote almost 70 operas.  An offer in 1822 from Domenico Barbaja, the impresario of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, which followed the composer’s ninth opera, led to his move to that city and his residency there which lasted until the production of Caterina Cornaro in January 1844.  In all, Naples presented 51 of Donizetti’s operas.

Donizetti as a schoolboy in Bergamo

Donizetti as a schoolboy 

The young Donizetti
(date unknown)


 Donizetti as a young man

By 1827/28, three important elements in Donizetti’s professional and personal life came together:  Firstly, he met and began to work with the librettist Domenico Gilardoni who wrote eleven librettos for him, beginning with Otto mesi in due ore in 1827 and continuing until 1833.  Next, the Naples impresario Barbaja engaged him to write twelve new operas during the following three years.  In addition, he was to be appointed to the position of Director of the Royal Theatres of Naples beginning in 1829, a job that the composer accepted and held until 1838.

Finally, in May 1827 he announced his engagement to Virginia Vasselli, the daughter of the Roman family who had befriended him there and who was then 18 years old.  The couple were married in July 1828 and immediately settled in a new home in Naples.  Within two months he had written another opera semiseria, Gianni di Calais, from a libretto by Gilardoni.  It was their fourth collaboration, and became a success not only in Naples but also in Rome over the 1830/31 season.

 Gaetano Donizetti
(by Ponziamo Loverini





Donizetti, c. 1835 



Deleidi’s Donizetti and His Friends: (from left) Michele Bettinelli, Donizetti, Antonio Dolci, Simon Mayr, and the artist Luigi Deleidi, in Bergamo 1840 

Gaetano Donizetti, from lithography by Josef Kriehuber (1842)

Daguerreotype taken on 3 August 1847: Donizetti (right) with nephew Andrea (left) in Paris; in Ashbrook, p. 199 

Initially, Donizetti was buried in the cemetery of Valtesse but in the late 19th century his body was transferred to Bergamo’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore near the grave of his teacher Simon Mayr. 

Virginia Vasselli, wife of Gaetano Donizetti, c. 1820


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Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each otherRainer Maria Rilke

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