|ORCHESTRA: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra; Two Studies; Battle Variations; Hymn to Apollo; Introduction and Allegro; Color Symphony; Serenade (for baritone and orchestra).|
|CHAMBER MUSIC: Rhapsody; Rout; String Quartet; Pastorale.|
|Songs, pieces for piano, etc.|
About Arthur Bliss:
Holbrooke Josef C. Contemporary British Composers.
Monthly Musical Record 59:29May 1929; Musical Opinion 46:47October 1922; Musical Times 64:20January 1923; Sackbut 11:2 September 1930.
MARC BLITZSTEIN, a young American composer who is rapidly coming to the fore, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 2, 1905 to Russian-Jewish parents. His family was not very musical. Music, however, was Marc's native language from the very first. At the age of three he was already playing and composing music. With maturity, he studied piano with Alexander Siloti; and composition with Rosario Scalero (at the Curtis School of Music), Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Arnold Schönberg in Berlin. He is an inveterate traveler--and has, notwithstanding his youth, already lived and composed in Paris, Berlin, Salzburg, Capri and on the Dalmatian Coast.
His works have been performed frequently at concerts of ultra-modern music in New York, Paris and London --and have attracted attention because of the strange speech he uses. Altho Marc Blitzstein tells us that "I do not consider my music essentially experimental; for materials I use what has been bequeathed to our generation of composers by the pioneers of the movement called 'Modern Music'; all my works tend to solve in various ways the problem of a suitable and necessary form for the content," he is essentially an experimenter, a dabbler in new forms and tonalities. "Marc Blitzstein's experiments with tones have not always____________________