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Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World

Howard Pollack


This is a study of the life and work of one of America’s most brilliant and inspiring composer-dramatists, Marc Blitzstein (1905–1964). A piano student of Alexander Siloti, and composition student of Rosario Scalero, Nadia Boulanger, and Arnold Schoenberg, Blitzstein innovatively combined serious and popular techniques and traditions in order to reach the large audience for radio, film, and Broadway shows, producing work, conditioned by Marxist perspectives, that spoke to the concerns of workers, immigrants, women, and minorities. His most successful works include the operas The Cradle Will Ro ... More

Keywords: Blitzstein, musical theater, communism, The Cradle Will Rock, Regina, The Threepenny Opera, Jerome Robbins, Lillian Hellman, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199791590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Pollack, author
University of Houston