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Topic: Question from an old friend.

From: Jon Jackson
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Date: 09/16/2006

Hi Greg.

I'm asking this for someone else, as I don't remember the story myself. But can you tell me the story name and author, if you know it? Italian opera buffa composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi is saved from death and brought forward in time. He subsequently becomes a rock star, and (once again) dies of drink/drugs/and the like. Ring a bell? One of yours? Thanks for your help! I hope you're doing well.

Jon Jackson

Re: Question from an old friend.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/16/2006

Hello, Jon! Good to hear from you--but sorry that I can't answer this question. Not one of mine--does this ring any operatic bells, readers?

Re: Question from an old friend.

From: Stefano Frega
Location: Verona
Date: 02/19/2007

Hi Mr. Jackson,
the novel is Robert Silverberg's "Gianni".
Is your friend Professor Robert Greenberg?
Hope this helps.
Stefano

Re: Question from an old friend.

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/19/2007

Sounds like our mystery might have been solved! Thanks, Stefano.

Re: Question from an old friend.

From: Jon Jackson
Location: Windsor, CA
Date: 02/19/2007

Hi Stefano! Thank you for the answer to this question! Actually, my "old friend" is Greg himself. But, it was, indeed, Dr. Greenberg who asked the question.

Jon

Re: Question from an old friend.

From: Stefano Frega
Location: Verona
Date: 02/20/2007

Happy to have contributed to the solution of the "mystery".
Jon, do you know Bob Greenberg personally? If so, please tell him I am an admirer of his lectures on music history. They are marvellous and I am eagerly awaiting new ones, especially a cicle on Baroque Opera. Do you think it could be possible to write directly to him? Unfortunately I do not have his e-mail address.
Thank you very much!
Stefano

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