Skip links

Marc Blitzstein
First Life

Release Date: May 12, 2009

Catalog Number: OM 1017-2

Available Formats: CD, Digital Download

List Price: $15

Composer: Marc Blitzstein

Performer: Sarah Cahill

Conductor: N/A

Orchestra/Ensemble: Del Sol String Quartet

Buy Now
Recording Notes

Before the premiere of his legendary WPA political musical The Cradle Will Rock, and his opera Regina (based upon Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes), Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964) produced striking chamber music that deserves a wider audience. Yet these scores, by the only American to study composition with both Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger, remain unpublished and rarely played over the past 80 years. Other Minds is pleased to introduce these forgotten treasures, an unknown aspect of Blitzstein’s genius.

Editorial Reviews

Other Minds deserves high praise and thanks for helping to fill in the picture of this much-neglected American composer. Greg Stepanich, Palm Beach Artspaper

Excellent performance of the Del Sol Quartet. Strings Magazine

The Del Sol Quartet does excellent work in keeping the meandering lines a cohesive whole; getting the balance right between long, romantic lines and a chugging propulsive beat. Classical WETA

Track Listing

1 · Piano Sonata (1927) (6:59)

Piano Percussion Music (1929)
2.  Toccata (2:30)
3.  Air (4:49)
4.  Rondino (4:31)

5.  Scherzo, “Bourgeois at Play” (1930) (3:08)

Quartet for Strings, “Italian” (1930)
6 · Allegro (4:13)
7 · Allegretto (5:12)
8 · Presto possibile (1:47)
9 · Lento (9:04)

Serenade for String Quartet (1932)
10 · Largo (5:32)
11 · Largo (5:16)
12 · Largo (5:43)

Sample Tracks

Ring of Fire CoverKui Dong Album Art
Close Search

Start typing and press Enter to search