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Final Years, I (1959–1961)

Howard Pollack

in Marc Blitzstein

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199791590
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949625 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.003.0023
                   Final Years, I (1959–1961)

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This chapter covers Blitzstein’s induction into the National Institute of Arts and Letters; his 1959 trip to Europe; his final critical writings; his plans to write a musical film adaptation of Charlotte’s Web with Mary Rodgers; his final incidental score, to Lillian Hellman’s Toys in the Attic; his decision to write an opera about Sacco and Vanzetti, and the controversy surrounding the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to commission the work with a grant from the Ford Foundation; his second cycle of E. E. Cummings songs, From Marion’s Book; and his sabbatical in Rome in 1960-61 to work on the Sacco and Vanzetti opera.

Keywords: National Institute of Arts and Letters; Charlotte’s Web; Mary Rodgers; Lillian Hellman; Toys in the Attic; Sacco and Vanzetti; Metropolitan Opera; Ford Foundation; E. E. Cummings; From Marion’s Book

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Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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