Correspondence, playbills, programs, clippings, photographs, notes, grant proposals and other research material collected
for the book,
Mark the Music: The Life and Work of Marc Blitzstein (St. Martin's Press, 1989), by Eric A. Gordon. An American composer and gay man, Marc Blitzstein is perhaps most well-known
for his 1937 musical,
The Cradle Will Rock. The collection includes materials documenting Blitzstein's musical works, as well as correspondence files between biographer
Eric A. Gordon and Blitzstein's family, friends and collaborators.
Marc Blitzstein was born in Philadelphia, March 2, 1905. At the age of 6, he played his first solo piano recital in public;
at 16, he performed a piano concert with the Philadelphia Symphony. He went on to study with teachers such as Nadia Boulanger
in Paris. While in Europe, Blitzstein came to be influenced by modernists like Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.Born in 1945, Eric A. Gordon is a graduate of Yale University, and holds both an M.A. (in Latin American studies) and a Ph.D.
(in history) from Tulane University. In the 1980s, he worked as a publicity manager for the music publishing house of G. Schirmer.
Beginning in 1995, Gordon was the director of the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, Southern California District.
6.0 linear feet.
5 archives boxes + 1 archive binder box + 1 archive flat box.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical
items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.