George Antheil – Composer – Ballet mécanique (original version) () The score to Ballet Mécanique is available from your music dealer, item Programme Note. George Antheil Ballet mécanique (revised version). Score [In ] Ballet Mécanique, its “machine age” percussion riffs now sound fun rather. Ballet Mécanique (–24) is a Dadaist post-Cubist art film George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique () was originally conceived as an accompaniment for the film and was scheduled to.

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Antheil wrote several versions of the piece. In September he almost died after a mustard gas attack by the German troops at Verdun. The score indicates the last measure of the piece to be ended with the pianos and drums only, but modern performances have the xylophones joining back in and doubling the melody of the pianolas to create a more firm, solid, and recognizable ending.

During mecxnique period of convalescence in Villepinte he painted The Card Playersa canvas whose robot-like, monstrous figures reflect the ambivalence of his experience of war. Thus, in each period, a slightly different copy of the Ballet has circulated: There are differences from the original AB part, including new bitonal passage m and miniature round m between xylophones and pianolas.

That’s all it took for me to forget the abstract art of — They stay in better rhythmic agreement here and give a more ordered feel to this section. It moves through rhythmic and intervallic variations until a bridge sfore the next theme measure 38 in the original scoring.

This installation was at the Gallery from 12 March to anthel May InZntheil Lehrman produced a married print of the mecaniique. The European-based Ensemble Moderne was the first to attempt the piece: The score and film were successfully combined in by Paul Lehrman, who used an edited version of the original orchestration in which he used player pianos recorded after the Lowell performance, with the rest of the instruments played electronically.

And it has now been done several times.

Ballet mécanique (Antheil, George)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As it turned out, there was no way to keep so many pianolas synchronized, so early performances combined the four parts into a single set of pianola rolls and augmented the two human-played pianos with 6 or more additional instruments.

A’ — Xylophones baller in triple meter to recall Theme 1 m The featured film print is the original version, premiered in Vienna on 24 September by Frederick Kiesler. Trenton’s ‘bad boy’ of music”.


George Antheil

The airplane propellers were actually large electric fansinto which musicians would insert object such as wooden poles or leather straps to create sound, since the fans don’t make much noise. At this rate, the s pianola played 8. The pentatonic melody, hinted in part B, returns m and gets developed in the context of the round. The Ballet is hard to surmise from just looking at the score—one must hear it to get a real sense of atheil chaos. InAntheil wrote a shortened and much tamer version for four pianos, four xylophones, two electric bells, two propellers, timpaniglockenspieland other percussion.

In the Paris performances, beginning in June mecainque, the fans were pointed up at the ceiling. Inthe University of Massachusetts Lowell Percussion Ensemble presented the first performance of the original score scote the film using 16 player pianos and live players. Retrieved 11 November Although the film was intended to use Antheil’s score as a soundtrack, the two parts were not brought together until the s.

Although it was very successful in Paris, it was a huge flop when it came to New York, and in fact Antheil’s career as a “serious” composer never recovered from that debacle. Dudley Murphy Man Ray.

This version was performed, using 10 human-played pianos, in Paris in and in an extremely ill-fated concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall inwhere it created such a fiasco–technically, musically, and sociologically–that it was not performed again for over 60 years.

San Francisco Symphony, Nevertheless, with respect to the original synchronized film, and despite the quality of last sound performance and its consistent reliability with Antheil’s original plans for its concert made by Lehrman himself and endorsed by the Schirmer publisher for the DVD Unseen Cinema: In response to the technical difficulties, Antheil quickly re-arranged the piano parts, changing the orchestration to include unspecified multiple of two conventional pianos and a single player piano.

Coda — A startling change occurs when all instruments cut out except for a lone bell m Antheil assiduously promoted the work, and even engineered his supposed “disappearance” while on a visit to Africa so as to get media attention for a preview concert. It was loud and percussive — a medley of noises, much as the Italian Futurists envisioned new music of the 20th century.

B — Theme 2 m77 features the pianolas, supported by drums. Antheil tried to replicate this scandal at Carnegie Hall by hiring provocateurs, but they were largely ignored.


It sounds like an onslaught of confusing chords, punctuated by random rings, wails, or pauses.

About the Ballet Mécanique

Use dmy dates from March All Wikipedia articles needing clarification Wikipedia articles needing clarification from January Inthe film was premiered with a new score by Michael Nyman. Its instrumental parts are extremely difficult to play, and it lasts, in its various versions, between 14 and 30 minutes.

Today, however, we have the technology to perform the piece with its mecaniqque instrumentation. The true film score must have been much simpler and more precise, and possibly the one that would end up orchestrating in In Novembera version of the score for live ensemble which required bxllet editing, since live players couldn’t play it as fast as electronic instruments was premiered in Columbus, Ohio by an ensemble from the Peabody Conservatory of Musicconducted by Julian Pellicano.

The very first, written in calls for 16 player pianos playing four separate parts, for four bass drums, three xylophones, a tam-tam, seven electric bells, a siren, and three different-sized airplane propellors high wood, low wood, and metalas well as two human-played pianos.

This version, made with the collaboration mecanisue the Ensemble Modernand from the few truly reliable and objective data scord have reached today, searches through algorithms computer the exact copy of the film [18] and the correct Antheil score, which they both joined together in the only time they know that proper ‘timing’ occurred, mecaniaue to themselves.

In it was revived by conductor Maurice Peress for a performance at Carnegie Hall, and at that time received its first and only recording.

It was the magic of light on the white metal. Mecaniqke is not strictly a repeat of Theme 1 but another variation and development upon it. The crudeness, variety, humor, and downright perfection of certain men around me, their precise sense of utilitarian reality and its application in the midst of the life-and-death drama we were in The original orchestration was first realized in by Maurice Peress.

It alternates between irregular measures of complete silence and pianola with percussion.