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Scarce autographed letter signed to Richard Rodgers providing him with his new address and phone number, January 11, 1932.  Blitzstein had moved to the heart of the West Village in New York City.

Blitzstein wrote his Serenade for string quartet in his Grove Street apartment during the first part of 1932.

Blitzstein (1905-1964) studied composition at the Curtis Institute with Rosario Scalero and piano privately with Liszt’s pupil Alexander Siloti in New York City.  He made his concert debut at 15 with the Philadelphia Orchestra playing Liszt’s first piano concerto.  In 1926, Blitzstein went to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger and Berlin to study with Arnold Schoenberg.   Blitzstein initially brought out a piano sonata and concerto, both heavily influenced by Nadia Boulanger.  That said, he started to write for theatre with Brecht and Weill as influences, for their social commentary worked within the lines of their musicals.  While he wrote several early works, “Triple Sec” (1929), “Parabola and Circula” (1929) “The Harpies” (1931), and “The Condemned” (1932), it was “The Cradle Will Rock” in 1937 which created the social commentary musical motif for which he became so well known.  Blitzstein also wrote other musicals, opera and reviews for a variety of mediums, “I’ve Got the Tune” (1937), “No for an Answer” (1941), “Goloopchik: (1945) and “Regina” (1949) were completed.  He left a Metropolitan Opera commission of a work based upon the “Sacco and Vanzetti” story incomplete.  Also, another opera “Idiots First” which was completed by Leonard Lehrman in 1976.

Blitzstein also wrote other works including his “Airborne Symphony” commissioned by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1946.  Dimitri Mitropoulos also commissioned Blitzstein to write “Lear, a Study” in 1957, also premiered by the New York Philharmonic.  Among other works were cantatas, ballets, incidental music, film scores, chamber music, songs and solo piano works.

           MARC BLITZSTEIN - COMPOSER
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