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Marc Blitzstein Historic Marker

Marc Blitzstein Historic Marker

419 Pine Street (map)

Marc Samuel Blitzstein (1905-1964) was an openly gay pianist, composer and lyricist. Born in Philadelphia, he studied composition at the Curtis Institute of Music. He made his professional debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 21, performing Liszt's Piano Concerto in E flat. Blitzstein is known for his many musicals, including “The Cradle Will Rock,” directed by Orson Welles, and his Off Broadway adaptation of “The Threepenny Opera,” as well as his various symphonic and operatic works. At age 59, he was murdered on the island of Martinique and buried in his hometown. Leonard Bernstein, a friend and fellow composer, described Blitzstein’s contribution to musical theatre as “incalculable.”

Marc Blitzstein Historic Marker

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