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GEORGE ANTHEIL  

(1900 - 1959)

Of German descent, the composer and pianist George Antheil was born in New York and studied composition with Constantin von Sternberg and Ernest Bloch. He went on to establish a reputation and some notoriety for himself in Berlin and then in Paris, notably with his anti-Romantic use of mechanical procedures. He then turned to neoclassicism and to various other musical fashions of the time, and to an attempt to revive contemporary German opera. A falling-off of critical support led him in 1933 to return to America, where he collaborated with Balanchine and Martha Graham in musical ‘ballet-opera-theatre’, moving to Hollywood in an attempt to support himself by film music. Since his death there has been a revival of interest in his work.

Stage Works

In 1926 Antheil aroused avant-garde interest with his Ballet mécanique, a film collaboration with Fernand Léger (although the problems of co-ordinating film and music proved insurmountable and both works became autonomous). His later ballets in America with Balanchine include Dreams, and, with the choreographer Loring, Capital of the World for the American Ballet Theater. His first opera, Transatlantic, had its premiere in Frankfurt in 1930, but his most successful opera remains Volpone, first staged in Los Angeles in 1955. Three further operas followed: The Brothers, Venus in Africa and The Wish.

Instrumental Music

Antheil had hopes of a change in his fortunes when his Symphony No. 4 was accepted for publication in 1942. His Fifth Symphony, subtitled ‘Joyous’, followed in 1948 and the final Sixth Symphony ‘after Delacroix’, although later to be revised, appeared in the same year. The first movement of the latter drew inspiration from Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading the People. Antheil also wrote chamber music, including three string quartets and, in 1923, a Symphony for Five Instruments, scored for flute, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and viola. He provided avant-garde and then more conventional music for the piano throughout his career.

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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANTHEIL PLAYS ANTHEIL (1942-1952) Other Minds
OM1003-04-2
Instrumental, Ballet, Choral - Secular, Instrumental, Ballet, Instrumental, Spoken Commentary
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANTHEIL PLAYS ANTHEIL (1942-1952) Other Minds
OM1003-04-2
Orchestral, Ballet, Instrumental, Choral - Secular, Instrumental, Radio Show
ANTHEIL, G.: Ballet mecanique / LOPRESTI, R.: Sketch for Percussion / CHAVEZ, C.: Toccata / HOVHANESS, A.: October Mountain (Craft, Price) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80937
Chamber Music
ANTHEIL, G.: Capital of the World / BANFIELD, R. de: Le combat (Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Levine) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81188
Ballet
ANTHEIL, G.: Jazz Symphony (A) / Piano Concerto No. 1 / Capital of the World Suite (Dupree, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Steffens) Capriccio
C5309
Concerto, Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral
ANTHEIL, G.: String Quartets (Complete) (Del Sol String Quartet) Other Minds
OM1008-2
Chamber Music
ANTHEIL, G.: Symphony No. 5, "Joyous" / JOSTEN, W.: Endymion (Vienna Philharmonic, Haeffner) (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80887
Orchestral
ANTHEIL, G.: Violin Sonatina / Violin Concerto (version for violin and piano) / Spectre of the Rose Waltz (Specter) (Duo Odéon) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92222
Concerto, Chamber Music
ANTHEIL: Ballet Mecanique / Serenade for String Orchestra Naxos
8.559060
Chamber Music, Concerto, Orchestral, Chamber Music
ANTHEIL: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 / McKonkey's Ferry Naxos
8.559033
Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Concerto Grosso No. 2 / RICHTER, M.: Lament / ANTHEIL, G.: Serenade No. 1 (MGM String Orchestra, I. Solomon) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80680
Orchestral
Chamber Music - SMITH, R. / HAUER, J.M. / COWELL, H. / AMIRKHANIAN, C. / SEEGER, R.C. (Scenes from a New Music Seance) (Stenberg, Zimmer) Other Minds
OM1019-2
Chamber Music
EVANS, R.: String Quartet No. 1 / GLASS, P.: String Quartet No. 2 / ANTHEIL, G.: String Quartet No. 3 / HERRMANN, B.: Echoes Naxos
8.559354
Chamber Music
EXTREME CLASSICS Naxos
8.557941-42
Chamber Music
Flute and Piano Recital: Roorda, Thies / Soccorsi, Alessandro - ANTHEIL, G. / AURIC,G. / BRÉVILLE, P. de (Flute Music from the Harlequin Years) Naxos
8.579045
Chamber Music
LUENING, O.: Symphonic Fantasia No. 1 / ANTHEIL, G.: Serenade No. 1 / HOWE, M.: Stars / Sand (Adler, Antonini, Strickland) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80579
Orchestral
NORTH, A.: Holiday Set / SIEGMEISTER, E.: Sunday in Brooklyn (American Life) (Adler) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80121
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - DUTILLEUX, H. / HINDEMITH, P. / KABALEVSKY, D. (Modern Times Edition) (Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Steffens)(10-CD Box Set) Capriccio
C7337
Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral, Concerto
Piano Recital: Shields, Rogers - MACDOWELL, E. / COWELL, H. / GERSHWIN, G. / JOPLIN, S. / IVES, C. (Piano Music in America, 1900-1945) Vox Box
CD3X-3027
Instrumental
STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558164-65
Chamber Music
Role: Author 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANTHEIL PLAYS ANTHEIL (1942-1952) Other Minds
OM1003-04-2
Spoken Commentary
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANTHEIL PLAYS ANTHEIL (1942-1952) Other Minds
OM1003-04-2
Instrumental, Radio Show




 
 
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