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Kallman, Chester 1921-1975

Works: 422 works in 1,240 publications in 7 languages and 19,807 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Librettos  Chamber operas  Drama  Vocal scores  Songbooks  Poetry  Scores  Televised performances  Western plays 
Roles: Librettist, Translator, Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Performer, Lyricist, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: ML50.M939, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Chester Kallman
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

105 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
The rake's progress : an opera in English in three acts (nine scenes and an epilogue) by Burton D Fisher( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive opera-guide, featuring Principal Characters in the Opera, Brief Story Synopsis, Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, and Burton D. Fisher's insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis
An Elizabethan song book; lute songs, madrigals and rounds by Noah Greenberg( )

41 editions published between 1916 and 1982 in 3 languages and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The songs in this collection were all written when the age of Elizabethan song was at its height."--Inside jacket
The rise and fall of the city of Mahagonny by Bertolt Brecht( Book )

13 editions published between 1970 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welcome to Mahagonny, where sin is 'in' and love is always on sale. This Old West boomtown rises from the desert to become a razzle-dazzle mecca for lust and the pursuit of pleasure, where cash is king and poverty is punishable by death
The rake's progress : opera in 3 acts by Igor Stravinsky( )

50 editions published between 1949 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don Giovanni : opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

8 editions published between 1961 and 1990 in English and Italian and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great operas of Mozart : complete librettos in the original language by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Book )

4 editions published between 1962 and 1964 in English and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rake's progress : a fable by Igor Stravinsky( Visual )

44 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charts the rise and decline of Tom Rakewell after he inherits an unexpected legacy
W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman : libretti and other dramatic writings by W.H. Auden, 1939-1973 by W. H Auden( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book contains two radio plays - The Dark Valley, a monologue written by Auden alone, and The Rocking Horse Winner, written with James Stern and based on a story by D.H. Lawrence. Also included are the unpublished masque that Auden wrote for Kallman's twenty-second birthday, the unpublished versions of The Duchess of Malfi that Auden prepared with Bertolt Brecht, scenarios for a film script and a libretto that were never completed, Auden's narrative for the medieval Play of Daniel, two narratives for documentary films, and his song lyrics written for Man of La Mancha before the producer decided to use a different lyricist."--Jacket
Absent and present; [poems] by Chester Kallman( Book )

6 editions published between 1962 and 1963 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Visual )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Rakewell leaves his country home and Anne the girl he loves, to seek his fortune in London. He unwittingly sells his soul to Nick Shadow in return for a year and a day's enjoyment in the city. When the day of reckoning comes, Tom has second thoughts and his strongest weapon is his love for Anne who has come to London to save him
The magic flute ; an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Book )

2 editions published between 1956 and 1957 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music by W.A. Mozart; English version after the libretto of Schikaneder and Giesecke, by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman
An anthology of Elizabethan lute songs, madrigals, and rounds by Noah Greenberg( )

8 editions published between 1955 and 1970 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Don Giovanni by LORENZO DA PONTE( Book )

3 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Complete companion to the opera containing full libretto, plot summary: background information; sources; performance; history; biography of composer and librettist; musical themes."
The rake's progress : opera in three acts by Igor Stravinsky( )

12 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rake's progress : opera in three acts by W. H Auden( Book )

19 editions published between 1951 and 2010 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story concerns the decline and fall of one Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil. After several misadventures, all initiated by the devious Shadow, Tom ends up in Bedlam, a psychiatric hospital south of London. The moral of the tale is: "For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds a work to do."
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Visual )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story centers on the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell as he seeks his fortune in the big city. This production replaces Hogarth's London with 1950's Las Vegas
Elegy for young lovers : opera in three acts by Hans Werner Henze( )

20 editions published between 1961 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Szenen aus "elegie für junge liebende" = Scenes from "elegy for young lovers." by Hans Werner Henze( )

6 editions published between 1960 and 1996 in German and English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Szenen aus Elegie für junge Liebende. Deutsche Fassung von Elegy for Young Lovers von L. Landgraf, W. Schachteli und H.W. Henze. Zusammenstellung der Szenen: H.W. Henze
Oedipus Rex ; The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stravinsky's genius for the stage is here represented by two very different works. "Oedipus Rex" is the fruit of a collaboration with Jean Cocteau, in which the tragedy of Sophocles is pared down to make an opera-oratorio. This guide explores the ways in which this is achieved, and analyses the score. It also surveys the composition period of "The Rake's Progress", examining the contributions of the different collaborators. The Latin text and English translation is included for "Oedipus Rex", and the English libretto for "The Rake's Progress."
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Don Giovanni : opera in two acts
The great operas of Mozart : complete librettos in the original languageW.H. Auden and Chester Kallman : libretti and other dramatic writings by W.H. Auden, 1939-1973Don GiovanniOedipus Rex ; The rake's progress
Alternative Names
Chester Kallman

Chester Kallman American writer

Chester Kallman Amerikaans dichter (1921-1975)

Chester Kallman amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Librettist

Chester Kallman écrivain américain

Chester Kallman escriptor estatunidenc

Chester Kallman escritor estadounidense

Chester Kallman scríbhneoir Meiriceánach

Chester Kallman shkrimtar amerikan

Kallman, Auden and Chester

Kallman, Chester, 1921-

Kallman, Chester Simon

Kallman, Chester Simon 1921-1975

Kallmann, Chester

Kallmann, Chester 1921-1975

Kolmen, Č.

Kolmen, Ch.

Kolmen, Ch 1921-1975