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Tilney, Colin

Works: 466 works in 940 publications in 5 languages and 9,028 library holdings
Genres: Music 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist, Editor, Author, Originator, per, Arranger
Classifications: M24, 782.1
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Most widely held works by Colin Tilney
The rake's progress by Igor Stravinsky( Recording )

22 editions published between 1964 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis ACT I: Anne Trulove is in the garden of her father's country house with her suitor, Tom Rakewell, admiring the springtime. Sending Anne into the house, her father, Trulove, tells Tom he has arranged an accountant's job for him in the city. Tom declines the offer and the older man leaves. A stranger enters as Tom declares his determination to live by his wits and enjoy life. When he says "I wish I had money," the stranger introduces himself as Nick Shadow, "at your service." Shadow tells Tom that a forgotten rich uncle has died, leaving the young man a fortune. Anne and Trulove return to hear the news, the latter urging Tom to accompany Shadow to London to settle the estate. As Tom leaves, promising to send for Anne as soon as everything is arranged, Shadow turns to the audience to announce, "the Progress of a Rake begins." At a brothel in the city, whores entertain a group of "roaring boys," dissolute young playboys; together they toast Venus and Mars. Shadow coaxes Tom to recite for the madam, Mother Goose, the catechism he has taught him: to follow nature rather than doctrine, to seek beauty (which is perishable) and pleasure (which means different things to different people). Tom refuses, however, to define love. Turning back the clocks when he sees Tom restless to escape, Shadow commends him to the pursuit of hedonism with these companions. Tom responds with ruminations of love. When the whores offer to console him, Mother Goose claims him for herself and leads him off. As evening falls, Anne leaves her father's house, determined to find Tom, since she has heard nothing from him. ACT II: Tom, who is in the morning room of his house in the city, is beginning to tire of city pleasures and no longer dares to think of Anne. When he says "I wish I were happy," Shadow appears, showing a poster for Baba the Turk, a bearded lady whom he urges Tom to marry, because only when one is obligated to neither passion nor reason can one be truly free. Amused by the idea, Tom gets ready to go out. Anne approaches Tom's house but is hesitant to knock. As darkness falls, she sees servants enter with strangely shaped packages. A conveyance arrives and Tom steps out. Startled to see Anne, he says she must forget him, he cannot go back to her. Baba calls out from the sedan, whereupon Tom admits to the astonished Anne that he is married. Hurried along by Baba's impatient remarks, Anne faces the bitter realities, while Tom repeats that it is too late to turn back. As Tom helps Baba from the sedan, a curious crowd gathers. Anne hurriedly leaves. In his morning room, Tom sits sulking amid Baba's curios as she chatters about the origin of each. When he refuses to respond to her affection, she complains bitterly. Tom silences her and she remains motionless as Tom falls asleep. Shadow wheels in a strange contraption, and when Tom awakens, saying "Oh I wish it were true," the machine turns out to be his dream: an invention for making stones into bread. Seeing it as a means of redemption for his misdeeds, Tom wonders whether he might again deserve Anne. Shadow points out the device's usefulness in gulling potential investors. ACT III: On a spring afternoon, the same scene (including the stationary Baba) is set for an auction. Customers examine the various objects: Tom's business venture has ended in ruin. Amid rumors as to what has become of Tom, Anne enters in search of him. An auctioneer, Sellem, begins to hawk various objects -- including Baba, who resumes her chatter after the crowd bids to purchase her. Indignant at finding her belongings up for sale, she tries to order everyone out. She draws Anne aside, saying the girl should try to save Tom, who still loves her. Anne, hearing Tom and Shadow singing in the street, runs out. Shadow leads Tom to a graveyard with a freshly dug grave, where he reminds the young man that a year and a day have passed since he promised to serve him: now the servant claims his wage. Tom must end his life by any means he chooses before the stroke of twelve. Suddenly, Shadow offers a reprieve: they will gamble for Tom's soul. When Tom, placing his trust in the Queen of Hearts, calls upon Anne, and her voice is heard, Shadow realizes he has lost. In retaliation, he condemns Tom to insanity. As Shadow disappears and dawn rises, Tom -- gone mad -- imagines himself Adonis, waiting for Venus. In an insane asylum, Tom declares Venus will visit him, whereupon fellow inmates mock the idea. The Keeper admits Anne. Believing her to be Venus, Tom confesses his sins: "I hunted the shadows, disdaining thy true love." Briefly they imagine timeless love in Elysium. With his head upon her breast, Tom asks her to sing him to sleep. As she does, her voice moves the other inmates. Trulove comes to fetch his daughter, who bids the sleeping Tom farewell. When he wakens to find her gone, he cries out for Venus as the inmates sing "Mourn for Adonis." EPILOGUE: The principals gather to tell the moral that each finds in the story. Anne warns that not every man can hope for someone like her to save him; Baba warns that all men are mad; Tom warns against self-delusion, to Trulove's agreement; Shadow mourns his role as man's alter ego; and all concur that the devil finds work for idle hands
Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel( )

4 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scarlatti sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti( )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English mad songs and ayres by Julianne Baird( )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pièces de clavecin by Antoine Forqueray( )

20 editions published between 1970 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harpsichord music of Frescobaldi by Girolamo Frescobaldi( )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flute concertos by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach( )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Songs of Mozart by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( )

2 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in German and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Go from my window by Colin Tilney( )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in No Linguistic content and German and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angels of antiquity music from the Middle Ages to the Age of Enlightenment( )

2 editions published in 1997 in Latin and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The six English suites by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organ concertos. Music for the royal fireworks by George Frideric Handel( )

3 editions published in 1998 in No Linguistic content and German and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ladders to heaven 16 late sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti( )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Dorian portrait featuring selections from the Dorian catalog( )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six sonatas for violin & harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2010 and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messiah complete by George Frideric Handel( )

6 editions published between 1972 and 2006 in English and German and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canti amorosi by Nigel Rogers( Recording )

13 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The six sonatas for violin & harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2010 and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suiten für Cembalo (1720) Lessons for harpsichord (1720) by George Frideric Handel( Recording )

7 editions published in 1974 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sonata for violone by Giovanni Battista Costanzi( )

11 editions published in 1970 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Colin Tilney British harpsichord player

English (29)

German (9)

Italian (9)

French (2)

Latin (2)