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Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein

Gordon, Eric A.

ISBN 10: 0312026072 / ISBN 13: 9780312026073
Published by St Martins Pr, 1989
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Title: Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc ...

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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The recently released Tim Robbins film Cradle Will Rock reawakened worldwide audiences to composer Marc Blitzstein's runaway Broadway hit of 1937, and to the exciting times he lived in. Blitzstein went on to write Regina (based on Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes"), the definitive translation of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera, and an enormous amount of other music based squarely in American and Broadway traditions. Mark the Music is an engaging biography of this larger-than-life composer that reads like a novel. Practically every page features an illuminating and revealing pen portrait of the most important creative personalities in American cultureOrson Welles, John Houseman, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Robeson, Sean O'Casey, Agnes de Mille, Lotte Lenya, Melvyn Douglas, Shirley Both, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Earl Robinson, Rudolf Bing, and many more. A vibrant journey through mid-20th century America comes to life through the eyes and experience of Marc Blitzstein. The issues that marked Blitzstein's daycensorship, repression, warare all with us today. This is a story of passion, defiance, glory and tragedy, and ultimately of faith in democratic American values expressed through the arts.

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Eric A. Gordon, author of Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein, co-wrote Ballad of an American: The Autobiography of Earl Robinson (Scarecrow Press, 1998). He earned his B.A. from Yale University, a master's and a doctorate from Tulane. He has taught history and language at the college level, and was Publicity Manager for G. Schirmer music publishers. Since 1995 he has been Director of the Workmen's Circle in Los Angeles, California.

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