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From Hogarth to Auden to Stravinsky: «The Rake's Progress toward Love»

Lecture by Chandler Carter

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In November, 1947, Igor Stravinsky paid to fly the poet W. H. Auden to Hollywood so the two could adapt William Hogarth’s eighteenth century print series, «A Rake’s Progress», into a compelling scenario for their planned opera. In so doing, they transformed Hogarth’s tale of moral degeneration and self-destruction into a young man’s struggle to express love. Crucial to this transformation was Auden’s understanding of the religious philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, which he and Chester Kallman subsequently developed in their libretto. But it would be left to Stravinsky to fully realize in music the opera’s message of redemptive love.

Chandler Carter is the author of the forthcoming book, «The Last Opera: The Progress of The Rake, Stravinsky and Sung Drama», published by Indiana University Press. Besides opera and the music of Stravinsky, his scholarly interests include semiotics and modernist culture. Also a respected composer, he recently received a prestigious Opera For All Voices commission to compose «This Little Light of Mine», based on the life of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Carter is a Professor of Music at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.


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