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United States pianist and composer of operas and musical plays (1905-1964)

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Blitzstein enlisted in the air forces in August 1942 at age 37 and headed to London in October, attached to the Eighth Air Force.
"Triple-Sec: The Sins of Lord Silverside" from 1928 was musically a modernist oddity among Blitzstein's more accessible works in this genre, whereas Gershwin's "Blue Monday" from 1922 was conceived as a precursor of his all-Afro-American cast "Porgy and Bess." Without those indigenous cultural references, the premise loses its teeth and tension; the result is a puzzling and laughably awkward script despite some memorably beautiful songs within.
A jury acquitted Panaro of all charges related to the Blitzstein slaying, but the four-week trial left him branded a "mafia soldier." "I'm no mob soldier," he said.
Other activities rendered suspicious during this time were vegetarianism, playing a recording of Marc Blitzstein's radical opera The Cradle will Rock first performed as a Federal Theatre project organized by Orson Welles and John Houseman in 1937, reading the "wrong books" and attending the Stanley Theatre in the East Coast that screened Soviet and foreign films.
The song didn't become popular until 1954 when a new off-Broadway translation of the opera was penned and produced by Marc Blitzstein.
In Restructuring Retirement Risks, edited by David Blitzstein, Olivia S.
It's All True, (1) Jason Sherman's play about the "runaway" 1937 premiere of Marc Blitzstein's proletarian musical The Cradle Will Rock (Houseman 274), brings together two central elements of Sherman's work: historically based political theatre and adaptation.
Marc Blitzstein's 1954 English translation was popularised by Louis Armstrong in 1956, and then re-recorded with slightly different lyrics by Bobby Darin, who made the song his own.
Born Bernice Frankel in New York, her breakthrough role was in Marc Blitzstein's 1954 adaptation of "The Threepenny Opera" Off Broadway.
Filmmaker and actor Tim Robbins captured that moment in his 1999 film, Cradle Will Rock, taking its (abridged) title from the confrontational labor musical written by Marc Blitzstein in 1937, which helped to hasten the demise of the Federal Theatre Project.
These included his mentors (the conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos and the composer Aaron Copland), composer colleagues (Marc Blitzstein, Paul Bowles, and David Diamond, to name just a few), and musical theater collaborators (the dancer-choreographer Jerome Robbins, playwright-novelist Arthur Laurents, and composerlyricist Stephen Sondheim).
In support of her viewpoint, Saal points out that Marc Blitzstein, the creator of the show, noted that it was aimed at the middle class.
It was written my Kurt Weill, Bertholt Brecht and Mark Blitzstein for the stage show Dreigroschenoper (The Three-penny Opera) in 1956.
The "bio" part of this bio-bibliography of American composer, lyricist, and music critic Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964) consists merely of a three-page biographical essay and a brief family genealogy.
Following his first residency in 1930, Aaron Copland brought to Ames' attention two young composers, Marc Blitzstein, "he is extremely musical in a general way--musical almost to a fault, by which I mean at times the music seems to flow almost too easily," as well as Walter Piston, "his work is extremely competent though not as original as Blitzstein's." By the summer of 1933 Newton Arvin, Aaron Copland, Malcolm Cowley, Granville Hicks, and Lewis Mumford, were all closely advising Ames, and the documentation of their very focused evaluations reveals a formative influence on the careers of many young writers.