Von Hofmannsthal is best remembered now as the librettist of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier.
He proposed as a good subject, "Alexander and Roxane," and set a librettist to work at the adaptation of it.
The librettist was in a happy vein that morning, and thought he had over-written himself.
Handel's librettist, whoever he was, did his work downright badly.
For this he was in part indebted to his librettist, the distinguished poet and composer, Signor Arrigo Boito.
There are many cases in which a librettist has had a good idea but has failed to express it adequately.
Should the librettist's textual alterations be kept, or the original restored?
He then either obtains the services of a librettist or himself arranges a libretto setting forth the chosen story.
One of the librettist's alterations was to transfer the whole of Pyramus and Thisbe to the rehearsal scene in the wood.
There are the verses, exclaimed the librettist; I wrote them in an hour.