Marc Blitzstein

Marc Blitzstein

Fellow: Awarded 1940
Field of Study: Music Composition
Fellow: Awarded 1941
Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1939–40:

BLITZSTEIN, MARC:  Appointed for creative work in musical composition, especially for the musical stage; tenure, twelve months from June 1, 1940.

Born March 2, 1905, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Education:  University of Pennsylvania, 1921–23; Curtis Institute of Music, 1924–26; Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 1927.

Principal compositions:  The Cradle Will Rock, a play in music, produced by Orson Welles for Federal Theatre, later for Mercury Theatre, 1937, 1938; I’ve Got the Tune, radio song-play, commissioned by Columbia Broadcasting Company, performed for broadcasting, 1937; musical scores for “Julius Caesar,” “Danton,” Mercury Theatre productions, 1937–38, and for “The Spanish Earth,” film by Joris Ivens and Ernest Hemingway, 1938.

Publications:  Songs, published by Cos Cob Music Press, 1930; Triple-Sec, published by B. Schott’s Söhne, Mainz, 1930; The Cradle Will Rock, book published by Random House, 1938, score published by Chappell and Co., 1938;  I’ve Got the Tune, score published by Chappell, 1939; Choruses, published by Arrow Press, 1939.

Recordings:  The Cradle Will Rock, recorded by Musicraft, 1939.

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