Kalbeck, Max


Critic, translator, and writer, employed on the staff of the Wiener Montags-Revue and the Neues Wiener Tageblatt; was born at Breslau. He studied in Munich at the University and also at the School of Music. In 1875 he became musical critic for the Schlesische Zeitung of Breslau, and later of the Breslauer Zeitung. Through the influence of Hanslick he was put on the staff of the Allgemeine Zeitung of Vienna in 1880. Besides his work on these papers he has made some excellent German translations of operas, as Mozart's Don Giovanni, Bastien et Bastienne, and Gartnerin aus Liebe; Massenet's Cid and Werther; Mascagni's Amico Fritz and. I Rantzau; Smetana's Bartered Bride and Dalibor; Verdi's Otello and Falstaff; and Giordano's Mala Vita. He has also published studies on Wagner's Nibelungen and Parsifal, and his collected critiques, Wiener Opernabende, which appeared in 1881. As a poet he has published two collections of original poems, entitled, Aus Natur und Leben; and Aus Alter und Neuer Zeit.