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George Antheil (1900-1959)

George Antheil was an American composer, born in Trenton, New Jersey, who began his professional career in Europe, where he was friends with, among many others, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, Eric Satie, and Igor Stravinsky. In the early '20s, he lived at the literal center of English-language culture in Europe: above Sylvia Beach's legendary Shakespeare & Co. bookstore on the Rue de l'Odéon, in Paris's Latin Quarter [Beach was the original publisher of Joyce's controversial and groundbreaking Ulysses]. Antheil wrote over 300 musical works in all major genres, including symphonies, chamber works, film music, and operas. He was extremely outspoken and articulate, and wrote numerous articles, as well as an autobiography, Bad Boy of Music, which is still in print. As a young composer, he considered himself to be quite the revolutionary, and his music, especially in his early career, employed many unusual sound sources and combinations of instruments. In many ways, both musical and technical, he was far ahead of his time. His concerts routinely caused riots all over Europe, which at the time was considered a sign of genius. Besides composing, Antheil was an excellent writer, an inventor, and a student of many disciplines, including endocrinology, criminal justice, and military history. He was co-holder of a remarkable patent (with actress Hedy Lamarr) for a "secret communications system" which is today in wide use and known as "spread-spectrum technology" — although neither he nor Lamarr ever received a dime for it. Antheil left Paris in the late '20s and went to Berlin, and then as German society began to fall under the influence of the Nazis, returned permanently to America. He settled in Hollywood, where he enjoyed a reasonably successful career as a composer for film and television.
-  Paul Lehrman/The Ballet mécanique Project

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Antheil Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
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Lithuanian Night, 2 pieces, string quartet (c.1919)
4-Hand Suite (1922; rev. 1939)
Airplane Sonata (Sonata No. 2) (1921)
Sonata Sauvage (Sonata No. 1) (1922/23?)
Concerto for Piano (No. 1) (1922)
Symphony No. 1, “Zingareska” (1920-22)
Symphony for 5 Instruments (1st version: 1922-23; 2nd version: 1923)
Death of Machines (Sonata No. 3) (1923)
Jazz Sonata (Sonata No. 4) (1922/23?)
Sonata No. 5, piano (1923; part lost)
Woman Sonata (Sonata No. 6, lost)
Violin Sonata No. 1 (1923)
Violin Sonata No. 2, with drums (1923)
Violin Sonata No. 3 (1924)
Printemps, solo violin (1924)
String Quartet (No. 1) (1st version: 1924; 2nd version: 1925)
Ballet mechanique, ballet (1923-25; rev. 1953)
A Jazz Symphony (1925; rev. 1955)
Symphonie en fa (1925-26)
Piano Concerto (No. 2) (1926)
Suite for Orchestra (1926)
String Quartet No. 2 (1927; rev. 1943)
Transatlantic, opera (1927-28)
Fighting the Waves, incidental music, female voice, chorus, small orchestra (1929)
Sonatina fur Radio, piano (1929)
Concertino, flute, bassoon and piano (1930)
Capriccio, orchestra (1930)
6 Little Pieces, string quartet (1931)
Helen Retires, opera (1930-31)
Concert, fl, ob, cl, bsn, dbsn, hn, tpt, trbn (1932)
Morceau (The Creole), orchestra (1932)
La femme 100 tetes, 44 preludes and Percussion Dance, piano (1933)
6 Songs, voice and piano (1933)
Dreams, ballet (1934-35)
Course, ballet (1936)
Symphony No. 2 (1931-38; rev. 1943); mvt 3: Archipelago “Rhumba” (1935)
Symphony No. 3, “American” (1936-39; rev. 1946); mvt 2: The Golden Spike (1939)
La vie Parisienne, piano (1939)
Symphony No. 4, “1942” (1942)
Water-Music for 4th-of-July Evening, strings (1942-43)
The Ben Hecht Valses, piano (1943)
Decatur at Algiers, orchestra (1943)
Sonatina, violin and piano (1945)
Over the Plains, orchestra (1945)
Symphony No. 5, “Tragic” (1945-46)
Musical Picture of a Friend, piano (1946)
Violin Concerto (1946)
Spectre of the Rose, from film music (1946-47)
Piano Sonata No. 3 (1947)
Autumn Song, An Andante for Orchestra (1947)
Sonata No. 4 (No. 2), violin and piano (1947-48)
Symphony No. 5, “Joyous” (1947-48)
Symphony No. 6, “after Delacroix” (1947-48; rev. 1949-50); mvt 1: Heroes of Today (1945)
Prelude, piano (1948)
Piano Sonata No. 4 (1948)
2 Toccatas, piano (1948)
String Quartet No. 3 (1948)
American Dance Suite No. 1 (1948)
McKonkeys Ferry Overture, orchestra (1948)
Serenade, string orchestra (1948)
Piano Sonata No. 4 (1948)
Songs of Experience, voice and piano (1948)
Valentine Waltzes, piano (1949)
Serenade II, chamber orchestra (1949)
Tom Sawyer, orchestra (1949)
Piano Sonata No. 5 (1950)
2 Odes, speaker and piano (1950)
Sonata, flute and piano (1951)
Sonata, trumpet and piano (1951)
Eight Fragments from Shelley, chorus and piano (1951)
Accdn Dance, orchestra (1951)
Nocturne in Skyrockets, orchestra (1951)
Bohemian Grove at Night, flute, oboe/eng hn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon (1952)
Volpone, opera (1949-52)
Capital of the World, ballet (1952)
The Brothers, opera (1954)
Venus in Africa, opera (1954)
Cabezza de Vacca, cantata, mixed chorus (1955-56)

WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Antheil Links     ~ top of page ~
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Soloist(s) w/Orchestra

Chorus w/Orchestra



Solo Instrument






Solo Instrument


Solo Percussion

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Method Books and Etudes

ANTHEIL  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
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Blast From the Past (Paul D. Lehrman, Wired)
George Antheil: Bad Boy of Music-An Intermission Feature in Two Parts (Other Minds/Internet Archive)
The Original American In Paris - The Story of George Antheil/BBC Radio 3 Documentary (Maxwell Steer)

Composer website (by Paul Lehrman)   . . .   inquire about George Antheil:  here

Antheil @ Wikipedia
Antheil @ American Composers Forum
Antheil @ American Music Center
Antheil @
Antheil @ Art + Culture
Antheil @ Art of the States/
Antheil @ Classic Cat
Antheil @ Classical Archives
Antheil @ Classical Composers Database
Antheil @ Classical Music Pages
Antheil @ Classical Musical Midi Page
Antheil @ Classical Net
Antheil @ ClassicsToday
Antheil @ composition:today/
Antheil @ Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers
Antheil @ Facebook
Antheil @ Grawemeyer Awards
Antheil @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Antheil @ IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
Antheil @ InstantEncore
Antheil @ IRCAM /
Antheil @ Karadar Classical Music/
Antheil @ Klassika/
Antheil @ LinkedIn
Antheil @ LTM Recordings
Antheil @ Modern Classical /
Antheil @ MSN Music
Antheil @ Music Academy Online
Antheil @ MusicWeb International
Antheil @
Antheil @ MySpaceMusic
Antheil @ Naxos
Antheil @ The New York Times
Antheil @ NNDB
Antheil @ W.W. Norton
Antheil @ Paris Transatlantic
Antheil @ Piano Society [Bolcom; Bowles; William Duckworth; Dutilleux; Heino Eller; Mompou; Respighi; Rodrigo; Turina
Antheil @ The Pulitzer Prizes /
Antheil @ REC Music Foundation /The Lied and Art Song Texts Page
Antheil @ G. Schirmer
Antheil @ US Opera/

Antheil @ Composer's website/publisher listings
Antheil @ Alphonse Leduc
Antheil @ Boosey & Hawkes
Antheil @ Chester Novello
Antheil @ Carl Fischer
Antheil @ Oxford University Press
Antheil @ Peermusic
Antheil @ Edition Peters
Antheil @ Theodore Presser
Antheil @ G. Schirmer
Antheil @ Schott Music
Antheil @ Universal Edition

Antheil @ Alternative Film Guide
Antheil @ Art and Culture
Antheil @ BFI Screenonline
Antheil @ CITWF / Complete Index to World Film
Antheil @ Fandango
Antheil @ Filmbug
Antheil @ Film Music Search
Antheil @ The Film
Antheil @ Film Reference
Antheil @ Film Score Click Track
Antheil @ Film Score Monthly
Antheil @ Filmtracks
Antheil @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Antheil @ mfiles
Antheil @ Movie Music UK
Antheil @ MSN Movies
Antheil @ The New York Times/movies
Antheil @ The Oscar Site
Antheil @ Radio Soundtrack
Antheil @ Reel Classics
Antheil @ SoundtrackCollector
Antheil @ Soundtrack Express
Antheil @ SoundtrackNet
Antheil @ Soundtrack Net
Antheil @ SoundUnwound/
Antheil @
Antheil @ Turner Classic Movies

Streaming Audio
Antheil @ Composer's website  -  check under individual work listings
Antheil @ Classical Archives
Antheil @ Internet Archive
Antheil @ Kunst der Fuge
Antheil @
Antheil @ MySpaceMusic
Antheil @ NPRmusic
Antheil @ PRX (Public Radio Exchange)/
Antheil @
Antheil @ SoundCloud
Antheil @ Werner Icking Music Archive

Antheil @ The Classical MIDI Connection
Antheil @ Classical MIDI Resource – Music of the Modern Era
Antheil @ Classical Musical Midi Page
Antheil @ MidiWorld

Antheil @ Composer's website
Antheil @
Antheil @ ArkivMusic
Antheil @ CD Baby
Antheil @ CD Universe
Antheil @ ClassicsOnline
Antheil @ Discogs

Antheil @ YouTube
Antheil @ Google Video
Antheil @ Vimeo    also    here

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