Marc Blitzstein: A Bio-bibliography

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005 - Music - 645 pages
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Marc Blitzstein was one of the 20th century's most important American composers, lyricists, and critics, often credited with having virtually invented opera in the American vernacular. Called the father of American opera in the vernacular by luminaries Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, Blitzstein was a masterful pianist, coach, and accompanist, though, ironically, he made more money on the lyrics to one song--"Mack the Knife"--than on everything else he ever did. Blitzstein's brilliant career was cut short in 1964 when he died at the age of 58. This book catalogs Blitzstein's own writings and writings about him, followed by detailed listings (chronological, alphabetical, and genre), analysis, a comprehensive performance history, and summaries of all known critiques of his 128 original musical works and 18 texts set to the music of others.

Shown in detail are the ways in which Blitzstein took music from his earlier works and developed it in later works, a process that Lehrman utilized in completing (with Bernstein's and the Estate's approval) 20 Blitzstein works for performance, including "The Cradle Will Rock," "I've Got the Tune," "No for an Answer," "Idiots First," and "Sacco and Vanzetti," which Blitzstein believed would be his "magnum opus." The book provides a unique and full perspective on the works of one of America's greatest composers--one who deserves to be better known.

 

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Contents

W50 Cain
190
W5152 Surf and Seaweed Piano Concerto
194
W54 The Harpies
199
W56 The Condemned
202
W65 Send for the Militia
212
W71 Few Little English
219
W72 The Cradle Will Rock
221
W75 Ive Got the Tune
306

Works with Orchestra 46
53
Chamber Music Works 14
57
Piano Solo Works 27
58
Film Scores 8
61
Incidental Music Scores 13
62
Ballets 10
64
Music Sketches for Revues 8
67
Operas Musicals 17
68
Original Choral Works 22 76 individual pieces
69
Vocal Quartets 10
73
Vocal Trios 12
74
Vocal Duets 47
75
Vocal Solos 189
77
Chronological List of Texts to Music by Others
83
Alphabetical List of Works Including Alternate Titles
85
List of Articles for Publication Written by Blitzstein
102
General Articles Documents on Marc Blitzstein Written During His Lifetime
114
Death Notices Memorial Tributes
122
General Articles Documents on Marc Blitzstein After His Death
128
Blitzsteins Musical Works Their Manifestations
158
W28 Walt Whitman Songs
163
W35 Piano Sonata
170
W39 Piano Percussion Music
175
W3940 Piano Percussion Music Triple Sec
176
W42 Is 5
181
W78 No for an Answer
319
W87 Native Land
353
W88 New York Opera Zipperfly
358
W9093 Ballad of Sevastopol Labor for Victory The Quiet Girl et al
362
W94 Freedom Morning
363
W95 Airborne Symphony
366
W9697 Gauley Bridge Modest Maid
380
W100101 War Song Lovely to get back to love
382
W102 Goloopchik
383
W106 The Guests
389
W107 Regina
395
W108 Reuben Reuben
446
W116 This Is the Garden
462
W117 Juno
464
W123 Sacco and Vanzetti
487
W125 From Marions Book
531
W126 The Magic Barrel
533
W127 Idiots First
536
Blitzsteins Texts to Others Music
554
T9 The Threepenny Opera
560
T12 Mother Courage
578
T1415 Rorems The Robbers Mahagonny
581
Discography Videography of Blitzsteins Musical Works
584
Index of Persons Organizations
592
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About the author (2005)

Leonard J. Lehrman is a composer and a reference librarian at Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library in New York. He is a former Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera

under of the Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus, the Long Island Composers Archive at Long Island University, and the Jewish Music Theater of Berlin. He is the editor of The Marc Blitzstein Songbook.

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