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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)

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.003.0011

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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