Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein [*SIGNED*]
by Gordon, Eric A
New York: St. Martin's Press. Near Fine in Near Fine dj. (c.1989). First Edition. Hardcover. 0-312-02607-2 . [minor bumping/scuffing to bottom of book, but in all other respects a fresh, apparently unread copy; jacket similarly nice, with only some slight wrinkling to the spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED ("To _____ - Keep on rocking the cradle!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep in the year of publication. "The first full-scale life-and-times biography of one of America's leading composers of the twentieth centur, the man who, according to Aaron Copland, made indigenous American opera possible. Along with Copland and Virgil Thomson, Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964) attempted in the twenties to forge an authentic American classical music that was not just an importing of European traditions. Under the impact of the Great Depression in the thirties, Blitzstein turned to a more populist language and wrote opera that was more than an ornament and amusement for the rich and upper classes, opera that spoke to the common people of America, as Verdi and Puccini in their day had spoken to the common people of Italy." . (Inventory #: 14371)
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