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Marc BlitzsteinHis Life, His Work, His World$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.001.0001

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From The Spanish Earth (1937) to Danton’s Death (1939)

From The Spanish Earth (1937) to Danton’s Death (1939)

(p.195) 11 From The Spanish Earth (1937) to Danton’s Death (1939)
Marc Blitzstein

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers Blitzstein’s work on the film score to Joris Ivens’ The Spanish Earth (about the Spanish Civil War) with Virgil Thomson; his involvement with The Arrow Press; his radio opera, I’ve Got the Tune, which featured in its premiere himself in the starring role along with Shirley Booth and Lotte Lenya; his contribution to the union revue, Pins and Needles; his involvement with the American Communist Party, the Theatre Arts Committee, and Cabaret TAC; and his scores for Orson Welles and John Houseman’s Mercury Theatre, including Julius Caesar and Danton’s Death.

Keywords:   Joris Ivens, Spanish Civil War, Virgil Thomson, Shirley Booth, Lotte Lenya, American Communist Party, Theatre Arts Committee, Cabaret TAC, Mercury Theatre, Orson Welles, John Houseman, Julius Caesar

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