I just spent a wonderful week in New York, all devoted to researching, interviewing, and generally delving into the life of Marc Blitzstein, composer, arranger, songwriter, activist, and gentleman. This show is a preview of some of his marvelous music, which will be featured in my upcoming documentary this fall, a joint production of ConcertZender Radio and the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago.
Join me tonight as I choose my favorite songs and tunes from his operas and musicals.
Hunting in New York for Marc Blitzstein, composer…
Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.
“The Purest Kind of Guy” (Joe’s Birthday Song) From the Opera No for an Answer
Paul Robeson Jr.
Sony BMG Music 1997 re-release
23. Art for Art’s Sake (0:55)
15. Honolulu (2:33)
Original 1985 Cast (The Acting Company) & Patti LuPone
JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)
In The Clear
Electra Nonesuch 79345-2 1
Regina, ACT 1: Prologue
Scottish Opera Orch & Chorus; John Mauceri, Director; Tommy Krasker, producer.
Decca 433 812-2, Disc 1
1. Regina: The Best Thing of All
Kevin Amos, Lucy Schaufer & Lucy Schaufer Ensemble
Australian Broadcasting Corp. ABC Classics 481 0331
Monday Morning Blues
William Sharp, baritone; Karen Holvik, soprano; Steven Blier, piano
Koch CD 6644
First Life- Early Chamber Works of Marc Blitzstein
Serenade For String Quartet (1932)
1. Largo (5:36)
2. Largo (5:21)
3. Largo (5:43)
Del Sol String Quartet
OM 1017-2 (2009)
Marc Blitzstein (arr. David Robbins)
5. Croon Spoon (2:12)
21. The Cradle Will Rock, closing sequence (2:07)
Susan Sarandon, Eddie Vedder, and the cast
RCA Victor 09026-63577-2