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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amazing contribution to American music history Dec 17 2012
By Jack C - Published on
Format: Hardcover
At a brisk 500 pages, Howard Pollack has done it again. In addition to his comprehensive biographies on John Alden Carpenter, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin (as well as a wonderful early book on Harvard composers), Pollack has created a true masterpiece with "Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World." What I love most about Pollack's work is his ability to appeal to both scholars and laymen alike: his assessment of Blitzstein's contributions to American music as well as his social conscientiousness during an integral time in American history is impressive and masterfully crafted. Pollack's portrayal of Blitzstein, a significant composer who has, unfortunately, fallen into obscurity amidst our rapidly changing society, makes us contemplate what other American treasures have been cast into the shadows of our all-to-quickly depleting cultural memory. We can only hope that Howard Pollack continues writing books about other forgotten gems of American music, but regardless of his subject, Pollack's work is not to be left unread: it's just too darn good.
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Top drawer! Jan. 21 2013
By RdRydngHd - Published on
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Wonderful biography about a gifted composer, written by a gifted biographer. I always want more photographs in biographies, but that's just me...
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If you don't really know Marc Blitzstein this is for you Feb. 19 2013
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No matter how well you think you know Marc Blitzstein or how much you like his music, you will find out so very much in this book and come to love and respect him even more for his wonderful contribution to music.
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Required Reading Dec 29 2012
By Daron A. Hagen - Published on
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As one who has spent a lifetime musically trawling the same professional and aesthetic waters as Blitzstein (music-theater, the Curtis connection, the unstable tonality gambit, and so forth) he has served as an example (both positive and negtaive) for me over the years. In light of that, from Eric Gordon's wonderful book to this irresistable and crucial one by Howard Pollack, I've followed the literature about MB closely.

This book should be required reading for every young composer thinking about a career writing music theater, any artist devoted to the proposition that good art can effect positive social change. (Blitzstein was a shining example of that.) It should also be required reading for contemporary conductors, who sometimes abrogate the normal order of things by directing the creative efforts of the living composers with whom they collaborate. (Blitzstein brooked none of that.)

I find it an essential addition to the literature, and am grateful to Howard Pollack and to Oxford for creating it and bringing it out.
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By C. Davis - Published on
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A superb full biography of the artist: both good life-drama & top-of-the-ladder musical scholarship. A first-rate companion to Eric Gordon's biography of Blitzstein of thirty years ago