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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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More Music for Shakespeare (1950–1958)

More Music for Shakespeare (1950–1958)

(p.402) 21 More Music for Shakespeare (1950–1958)
Marc Blitzstein

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Blitzstein’s notable scores for several Shakespeare plays in the 1950s: King Lear, directed by John Houseman; King Lear, directed by Orson Welles; and two Stratford Festival productions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by John Landau, and The Winter’s Tale, co-directed by Houseman and Landau. These scores consolidated Blitzstein’s position as one of America’s foremost composers of incidental music. The chapter also includes some discussion of his symphonic work pieced together from his Lear scores, Lear: A Study, premiered by Dimitri Mitropoulos and the New York Philharmonic; and the composer’s friendship with his younger colleague Ned Rorem.

Keywords:   Shakespeare, King Lear, John Houseman, Orson Welles, Stratford Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Ned Rorem

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