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Chester Kallman

Chester Simon Kallman (January 7, 1921 – January 18, 1975) was an American poet, librettist, and translator, best known for his collaborations with W. H. Auden and Igor Stravinsky.

Contents

  • Life 1
  • Career 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4
  • Sources 5
  • External links 6

Life

Kallman was born in Brooklyn of Jewish ancestry. He received his B.A. at Brooklyn College and his M.A. at the University of Michigan. He published three collections of poems, Storm at Castelfranco (1956), Absent and Present (1963), and The Sense of Occasion (1971). He lived most of his adult life in New York, spending his summers in Italy from 1948 through 1957 and in Austria from 1958 through 1974. In 1963 he moved his winter home from New York to Athens, Greece, and died there at the age of 54. Kallman had been the beneficiary of the entirety of Auden's estate, but himself died intestate, with the result that the estate was inherited by his next-of-kin, his father, a New York dentist in his eighties.[1]

Career

Together with his lifelong friend (and sometime lover[2]) W. H. Auden, Kallman wrote the libretto for Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress (1951). They also collaborated on two librettos for Henze, Elegy for Young Lovers (1961) and The Bassarids (1966), and on the libretto of Love's Labour's Lost (based on Shakespeare's play) for Nicolas Nabokov (1973). They also wrote a libretto "Delia, or, A Masque of Night" (1953), intended for Stravinsky, but never set to music. They were commissioned to write the lyrics for Man of La Mancha, but Kallman did no work on the project, and the producers decided against using Auden's contributions.

Kallman was the sole author of the libretto of The Tuscan Players for Carlos Chávez (1953, first performed in 1957 as Panfilo and Lauretta).

He and Auden collaborated on a number of libretto translations, notably The Magic Flute (1956) and Don Giovanni (1961). Kallman also translated Verdi's Falstaff (1954), Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea (1954) and many other operas.

Bibliography

Poems
  • An Elegy (1951). New York: Tibor de Nagy Gallery. (pamphlet poem)
  • Storm at Castelfranco (1956). New York: Grove Press.
  • Absent and Present: poems (1963). Middletown: Wesleyan University Press.
  • The Sense of Occasion: poems (1971). New York: George Braziller.
Libretti
Translations (published)
Editions

References

  1. ^ Price, Reynolds (12 May 2009). Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back. Scribner Book Company. p. 141.  
  2. ^  

Sources

  • Humphrey Carpenter, W. H. Auden: A Biography (1981).
  • W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, Libretti and Other Dramatic Writings by W. H. Auden (1988), ed. by Edward Mendelson.
  • Dorothy J. Farnan, Auden in Love (1984)
  • Thekla Clark, Wystan and Chester (1995).
  • Richard Davenport-Hines, Auden (1996)

External links

  • "The W. H. Auden Society: news, links, books, notes, etc.". Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
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