This Day in Jewish History / Exceptional Composer Murdered by Sailors He Picked Up in a Bar

Rising above society’s early rebuff of his music, Marc Blitzstein composed for the U.S. Air Force and rose to greatness in musical theater for the masses.

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On January 22, 1964, the American composer Marc Blitzstein met a violent and tragic death at the age of 58. Blitzstein’s radical politics and hard-to-peg compositional style for musical theater limited his...