This is the first ever English language resource encompassing an extensive survey of all Emmerich Kalman's operettas and illuminating his enormous contribution to the genre of operetta. It is supported with explanations of musical inheritance and synthesis including musical examples. This book is filled with fascinating contextual details never before presented. The purpose of this book is to introduce devotees of musical theater, as well as singers and teachers, to the prolific stage output of Hungarian composer Emmerich Kalman (1882-1953), who ranks with Johann Strauss Jr. and Franz Lehar as the most important and most often performed among the composers of Viennese operetta. Although today relatively unknown in the United States, Kalman's operettas have been performed consistently in Europe for more than a century. Most of his twenty-two works provide excellent vehicles for both collegiate and professional companies that wish to explore the genre of operetta. Following a biography and brief analysis of his compositional style, each of his operettas will be discussed and detailed with a cast list, synopsis, and list of musical numbers (verse and refrain).
The author's hope is that readers will use this book as a historical resource and in selecting repertoire for students, college opera productions, and professional opera and operetta companies.
Jessie Wright Martin received her D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Wingate University in North Carolina.
FOREWORD by Michael Miller; CHAPTER 1. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION; CHAPTER 2. COMPOSITIONAL STYLE; Musical Elements; Developing the Character: Kalman's Formula; Evolution of Kalman's Use of the Finale; Methodology; CHAPTER 3. THE EARLY OPERETTAS (1908-1914); Tatarjaras and Ein Herbsmanover; Az Obsitos and Der Gute Kamerad; Der Zigeunerprimas; The Blue House; Der kleine Konig; Gold gab ich fur Eisen; CHAPTER 4. THE MIDDLE OPERETTAS (1915-1927); Zsuzsi kisasszony; Die Csardasfustin; Die Faschingsfee; Das Hollandweibchen; And More.