W.H. Auden (1907-1973)
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Ten great librettists
9. W.H. Auden (1907-1973)
Auden wrote the words for 'Paul Bunyan' by Benjamin Britten, for Nabokov's Love's Labours Lost', Stravinsky's 'The Rake's Progress', and Hans Werner Henze's 'Elegy for Young Lovers' and 'The Bassarids.' He also worked on a new translation of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute', with its scenes reordered for greater dramatic coherence and added dialogue. W.H. Auden (left) is pictured with Britten in New York, 1941.