From <i>Goloopchik</i> (1945) to <i>The Guests</i> (1949)

Howard Pollack

in Marc Blitzstein

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791590
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949625 | DOI:
                   From Goloopchik (1945) to The Guests (1949)

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This chapter considers Blitzstein’s few years of co-habitation with Bill Hewitt; his continued leftist activities, including his involvement with the American-Soviet Music Society and his support for Henry Wallace; the growing censuring of him and his activities by anti-communists, including his inclusion in Red Channels; and his heightened championing of the amalgamation of popular and serious traditions as found in American, including Broadway musicals, and in the Soviet Union, including Prokofiev. This chapter also surveys his work from the immediate postwar years, including an unproduced show about Soviet-American friendship, Goloopchik; his incidental scores for Lillian Hellman’s Another Part of the Forest and G. B. Shaw’s Androcles and the Lion; and his ballet for Lincoln Kirstein and the New York City Ballet, The Guests, choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

Keywords: American-Soviet Music Society; Henry Wallace; Red Channels; Serge Prokofiev; Lillian Hellman; G. B. Shaw; Androcles and the Lion; Lincoln Kirstein; New York City Ballet; The Guests; Jerome Robbins

Chapter.  10167 words. 

Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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