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American Highways

fri 15 may 2020 01:00 

I just spent a wonderful week in New York, all devoted to researching, interviewing, and generally delving into the life of composer Marc Blitzstein. This show is a preview of some of his marvelous music, which will be featured in my upcoming documentary this fall, a joint production of ConcertZender Radio and the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago. Join me tonight as I choose my favorite songs and tunes from his operas and musicals.
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Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams. 
Nonesuch Records 79101.
Marc Blitzstein
“The Purest Kind of Guy” (Joe’s Birthday Song) From the Opera No for an Answer
Paul Robeson Jr.
Sony BMG Music 1997 re-release
Marc Blitzstein
23. Art for Art’s Sake (0:55)
15. Honolulu (2:33)
Original 1985 Cast (The Acting Company) & Patti LuPone
JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)
Marc Blitzstein
In The Clear
Dawn Upshaw
Electra Nonesuch 79345-2 1
Marc Blitzstein
Regina, ACT 1: Prologue
Scottish Opera Orch & Chorus; John Mauceri, Director; Tommy Krasker, producer.
Decca 433 812-2, Disc 1
Marc Blitzstein
1. Regina: The Best Thing of All 
Kevin Amos, Lucy Schaufer & Lucy Schaufer Ensemble
Australian Broadcasting Corp. ABC Classics 481 0331
Marc Blitzstein
Monday Morning Blues
William Sharp, baritone; Karen Holvik, soprano; Steven Blier, piano
Koch CD 6644
Marc Blitzstein
First Life- Early Chamber Works of Marc Blitzstein 
Serenade For String Quartet (1932) 
1. Largo (5:36) 
2. Largo (5:21) 
3. Largo (5:43)
Del Sol String Quartet
OM 1017-2 (2009)
Marc Blitzstein (arr. David Robbins)
5. Croon Spoon (2:12)
21. The Cradle Will Rock, closing sequence (2:07)
Susan Sarandon, Eddie Vedder, and the cast
RCA Victor 09026-63577-2