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The Resource Marc Blitzstein : his life, his work, his world, Howard Pollack

Marc Blitzstein : his life, his work, his world, Howard Pollack

Label
Marc Blitzstein : his life, his work, his world
Title
Marc Blitzstein
Title remainder
his life, his work, his world
Statement of responsibility
Howard Pollack
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A composer and lyricist of enormous innovation and influence, Marc Blitzstein remains one of the most versatile and fascinating figures in the history of American music, his creative output running the gamut from films scores and Broadway operas to art songs and chamber pieces. A prominent leftist and social maverick, Blitzstein constantly pushed the boundaries of convention in mid-century America in both his work and his life. Award-winning music historian Howard Pollack's new biography covers Blitzstein's life in full, from his childhood in Philadelphia to his violent death in Martinique at age 58. The author describes how this student of contemporary luminaries Nadia Boulanger and Arnold Schoenberg became swept up in the stormy political atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s and throughout his career walked the fine line between his formal training and his populist principles. Indeed, Blitzstein developed a unique sound that drew on everything contemporary, from the high modernism of Stravinsky and Hindemith to jazz and Broadway show tunes. Pollack captures the astonishing breadth of Blitzstein's work--from provocative operas like The Cradle Will Rock, No for an Answer, and Regina, to the wartime Airborne Symphony composed during his years in service, to lesser known ballets, film scores, and stage works. A courageous artist, Blitzstein translated Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera during the heyday of McCarthyism and the red scare, and turned it into an off-Broadway sensation, its "Mack the Knife" becoming one of the era's biggest hits. Beautifully written, drawing on new interviews with friends and family of the composer, and making extensive use of new archival and secondary sources, Marc Blitzstein presents the most complete biography of this important American artist
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Pollack, Howard
Dewey number
780.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.B6515
LC item number
P65 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Blitzstein, Marc
  • Blitzstein, Marc
  • Composers
  • Blitzstein, Marc
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • MUSIC
  • Composers
  • United States
Label
Marc Blitzstein : his life, his work, his world, Howard Pollack
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The boy from Philadelphia -- Journeyman years -- Early works (1924-29) -- Life with Eva, I (1929-1931) -- From Is 5 (1929) to the Piano concerto -- Life with Eva, II (1932-1936) -- Critical writings (1931-1940) -- From the Serenade (1932) to the Chesapeake Bay retriever -- The cradle will rock, I (1936-1937) -- The cradle will rock, II -- From the Spanish earth (1937) to Danton's death -- No for an answer (1937-1940) -- From Valley town (1940) to Labor for victory -- To London and back (1942-1945) -- From Freedom morning (1943) to the Airborne symphony -- Freedom morning, Airborne symphony, Leonard Bernstein, Orson Welles -- From Goloopchik (1945) to the Guests -- Regina, I (1946-49) -- Regina, II -- The threepenny opera (1950-54) and other adaptations -- Reuben Reuben (1949-1955) and This is the garden (1956-1957) -- More music for shakespeare (1950-58) -- Juno (1957-59) -- Final years, I (1959-1961) -- Final years, II (1961-64) -- The unfinished operas
Control code
808367325
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (618 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199949625
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)808367325
Label
Marc Blitzstein : his life, his work, his world, Howard Pollack
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The boy from Philadelphia -- Journeyman years -- Early works (1924-29) -- Life with Eva, I (1929-1931) -- From Is 5 (1929) to the Piano concerto -- Life with Eva, II (1932-1936) -- Critical writings (1931-1940) -- From the Serenade (1932) to the Chesapeake Bay retriever -- The cradle will rock, I (1936-1937) -- The cradle will rock, II -- From the Spanish earth (1937) to Danton's death -- No for an answer (1937-1940) -- From Valley town (1940) to Labor for victory -- To London and back (1942-1945) -- From Freedom morning (1943) to the Airborne symphony -- Freedom morning, Airborne symphony, Leonard Bernstein, Orson Welles -- From Goloopchik (1945) to the Guests -- Regina, I (1946-49) -- Regina, II -- The threepenny opera (1950-54) and other adaptations -- Reuben Reuben (1949-1955) and This is the garden (1956-1957) -- More music for shakespeare (1950-58) -- Juno (1957-59) -- Final years, I (1959-1961) -- Final years, II (1961-64) -- The unfinished operas
Control code
808367325
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (618 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199949625
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)808367325

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