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Marc Blitzstein: The Marc Blitzstein Songbook volume two

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Catalogue No: M051933471
ISMN: 9790051933471
Shop Product Code: 164349V

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Department: Vocal & Opera - Vocal Collections

Instrumentation: Voice, Piano

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (New York)

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A treasure trove of songs for middle range voice and piano by the seminal 20th century American composer, including many published for the first time. Blitzstein's works blend social commentary and political satire with charm, simplicity and humour. Perhaps best known for his adaptation of Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, a revival of interest in Blitzstein is certain following the release of a new disc by Dawn Upshaw and a Hollywood film directed by Tim Robbins.

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Contents and Reviews

Contents
  • A Quiet Girl
  • Art for Art's Sake from The Cradle Will Rock
  • Farewell, Me Butty fr Juno
  • Francie fr No For An Answer
  • Ireland's Eye fr Juno
  • Love at First Word fr Reuben Reuben
  • Lovely Song fr Goloopchik
  • Lullaby fr No For An Answer
  • Mamasha Goose fr Goloopchik
  • Miracle Song fr Reuben Reuben
  • Monday Morning Blues fr Reuben Reuben
  • Music, Music fr Regina
  • Musky and Whiskey fr Reuben Reuben
  • My True Heart fr Juno
  • Never Get Lost fr Reuben Reuben
  • Outside Agitator fr No For An Answer
  • Quarrel Song fr Juno
  • Rosa-Sacco Duet fr Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Sacco's The Whole Shoe fr Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Secret Singing fr No For An Answer
  • Send for the Militia from Parade
  • Smoking Glasses
  • Stay in my Arms
  • The Hills for Amalfi fr Reuben Reuben
  • The Russian Language fr Goloopchik
  • Under the Sky fr Idiots First
  • Vanzetti's First Aria fr Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Vanzetti's Last Statement fr Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Weep for Me fr No For An Answer
  • What Is the Stars? fr Juno
  • Who Knows? ("Let's Be Blue")
Reviews

"...the two volumes of the Marc Blitzstein Songbook comprise a unique and extremely valuable resource of American music worthy of much further study and performance. They are desperately needed additions to even the most basic music library and theater music collections."

Melissa J. De Graaf, MLA Notes, September 2003

Volume two of Blitzstein's songs contains thrity-one songs, again mostly from stage works. Twenty-five have never been published before and include a trio, nine duets, and four duet arrangements. The volume contains four excerpts from Blitzstein's unfinished grand opera Sacco and Vanzetti, commissioned by the Ford Foundation and optioned by the Metropolitan Opera in 1959. The ultimate protest work, it was to be the story of two Italian immigrant anarchists who were executed by the State of Massachusetts in 1927 for a crime they did not commit. The opera has recently been finished by Leonard Lehrman and was performed in the summer of 2001. Extensive notes from the editor give background and performance history of the songs. As in the first volume, there are several illustrations of cover sheets of music publications, photographs, performance programs, and a cartoon. Both volumes together present a valuable repository of Blitzstein's creative work as well as a window on a time in American history when some artists were using their art to address social problems.

Judith Carman, Journal of Singing, May/June 2003

  

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