George Antheil (1900-1959)


  1. Ballet Mécanique (15:02), 1925

    Bells [Türklingel] – Hens Otter, Werner Herberts
    Drums – Arthur Cune, Franc Van Der Starre*, Harry Geurts, Luc Nagtegaal
    Piano – Bart Berman, Maarten Bon, Marja Bon, Stanley Hoogland
    Sounds [Flugzeuggeräusche] – Geert van Keulen, Henk Van Bergen
    Timpani – Frans Van Der Kraan
    Xylophone – Michael De Roo, Willy Goudswaard


  2. A Jazz Symphony (6:32), 1925

    Cello – Wim Straesser
    Clarinet – Geert Van Keulen, Hans Mossel, Hens Otter
    Double Bass – Anthony Woodrow
    Drums – Arthur Cune, Michael De Roo, Willy Goudswaard
    Flute – Rien De Reede
    Piano – Maarten Bon
    Trombone – Hans Van Balen, Henk Van Bergen, Kees Blokker
    Trumpet – Arend Van Der Knaap, Herman Hopman, Radko Berka
    Viola – Henk Guittart
    Violin – Johan Kracht, Vera Beths


  3. Violinsonate Nr. 1 (Finale) (6:20), 1923

    Piano – Reinbert de Leeuw
    Violin – Vera Beths


  4. Violinsonate Nr. 2 (7:30, 1923)

    Piano – Reinbert de Leeuw
    Violin – Vera Beths

Composed By – George Antheil
Conductor – Reinbert de Leeuw
Ensemble – Niederländisches Bläser-Ensemble

Label: Orbis (2) – 34 094 3, Telefunken – 6.42 196 01
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: Germany
Released: 1977


Full Albums
String Quartets - 1985 - DATA 851


George Antheil (1900-1959) 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. He died in 1959.