From <i>The Spanish Earth</i> (1937) to <i>Danton’s Death</i> (1939)

Howard Pollack

in Marc Blitzstein

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791590
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949625 | DOI:
                   From The Spanish Earth (1937) to Danton’s Death (1939)

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This chapter covers Blitzstein’s work on the film score to Joris Ivens’ The Spanish Earth (about the Spanish Civil War) with Virgil Thomson; his involvement with The Arrow Press; his radio opera, I’ve Got the Tune, which featured in its premiere himself in the starring role along with Shirley Booth and Lotte Lenya; his contribution to the union revue, Pins and Needles; his involvement with the American Communist Party, the Theatre Arts Committee, and Cabaret TAC; and his scores for Orson Welles and John Houseman’s Mercury Theatre, including Julius Caesar and Danton’s Death.

Keywords: Joris Ivens; Spanish Civil War; Virgil Thomson; Shirley Booth; Lotte Lenya; American Communist Party; Theatre Arts Committee; Cabaret TAC; Mercury Theatre; Orson Welles; John Houseman; Julius Caesar

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Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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