“Titled First Life, it contains a number of unpublished and barely-heard works from the late 20s and early 30s, given passionate performances by the Del Sol String Quartet. This is smart and energetic music, filled with then-experimental flourishes, and well worth putting on your shelf or in your playlist.” – Steve Layton, Sequenza 21
“Del Sol savors the flip side of Blitzstein’s rebelliousness: The group’s heartfelt performance of “Serenade” makes the best case imaginable for often subdued music that seems to reflect the composer’s torment over sexual identity and class privilege. This is vital stuff.” -Jason Victor Serinus, San Francisco Magazine
The Rare Early Works
Before the premiere of his legendary political musical The Cradle Will Rock, and his famous opera Regina, Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964) produced striking chamber music that deserves a wider audience. Yet these scores, by the only American to study composition both with Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger, remain unpublished and rarely played over the past 80 years.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.
© Del Sol Performing Arts Organization • Photos by RJ Muna