been felicitous," we read in the Musical
Courier. "His Music for the Cinema
and his Percussion Music for piano are
formless and unimpressive; these works
lack character and authenticity. But in
his better works, Marc Blitzstein is
definitely a vigorous and original voice
in modern American music. His songs, Is Five, are charged with an electricity
that makes this music glow with each
bar. This is hard, brilliant, dynamic
music, endowed with a vitality representing a new experience for the tired
musical ear. In Gods--for chamber
orchestra and mezzo-soprano--Blitzstein reveals a musical imagination
fertile and unhampered. New sounds
are explored, new tonal expressions
created with telling effectiveness. Behind this brusque and masculine music,
there is clearly perceptible a vibrant
personality with a musical speech all his
own."When he is not traveling, Marc Blitzstein lives in New York City, where he
is active not only as composer and
pianist, but also as a critic and lecturer.
His diversions are swimming and
reading detective mystery fiction. Altho
he is an unorthodox composer, he feels
that Bach and Monteverdi have had the
greatest influence upon his music;
among modern composers, he esteems Stravinksy and Hindemith most highly.
He has no special method of composing,
working whenever the mood seizes him. "I still find it difficult," he confesses, "to pick up a work after a protracted
absence, altho I hope one day to be able
to compose anywhere, at any time."Principal works by Marc Blitzstein:
|ORCHESTRA: Romantic Piece; music for
film, Surf atid Seaweed; Piano Concerto.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC: Gods; String-Quartet; Serenade.|
|THEATRE: Triple-Sec (opera-farce); Parabola and Circula (one-act opera); Cain
(ballet); Harpies (one-act opera); The Codemned (opera for four choruses).|
|Songs, pieces for piano, etc.|
About Marc Blitzstein:
Melos 9:529December 1930; Musical
Courier 107:6September 16, 1933.
Ernest Bloch 1880-
"We pay tribute to a musical temperament so deeply sincere, so distinguished,
so richly articulate, that all who love
music as a living and motile art must
hold their heads a little higher because
of him."--LAWRENCE GILMAN
ERNEST BLOCH, the foremost living exponent of modern Hebrew
music, was born on July 24, 1880 of
Swiss-Jewish parentage. "My birthplace?" he writes, "Geneva, the home of
my father, and my father's father. My
career has been quite uneventful. As a
child, I made a vow to myself that I
would become a composer. I wrote the
vow on a scrap of paper, buried it under
a mound of stones, and built over it a
bonfire. To have broken that vow would
have been sacrilege!
"At Geneva, I studied with Jacques
Dalcroze. When I was sixteen I left
home for Brussels, where I studied with
Ysaye. I spent three years in Brussels,
and then traveled into Germany to
absorb the classical forms. My master
there was Ivan Knorr, at Frankfort-on-
the-Main. He was a profoundly great
pedagogue. He taught me the greatest
thing of all--he taught me to teach
myself. . . . It was at this time that I
met my wife in Frankfort. After that
I went to Munich and studied a little
with Thuille. I composed my first
symphony in Munich, and then went to Paris."____________________
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Composers of Today:A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations.
Contributors: David Ewen - Editor, David Ewen - Compiler.
Publisher: H. W. Wilson.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1934.
Page number: 26.
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