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Top Five Headlines
Top Ten books on the Lost Generation
Top Ten Quotes
Top Ten Tunes



 

Great Antheil Banner Headlines



New York Press
April 1927
Making a Mountain Out of An Antheil


Trenton Sunday Times Advertiser
November 18, 1923
Parisians in Furore Over Young Trentonian's Weird Strains


Denver Colorado News
April 12, 1927
Terror-Stricken Women Flee Cubist Music


Baltimore Sun
April 17, 1927
Critics call Antheil a Flat Tire



The New Masses
cartoon caption, May 1927
"This Antheil is a genius. Since introducing his theory of orchestration into the boiler factory, our profits have almost doubled"



(more to come!)



 

Top Five books about the Lost Generation

Anderson, Margaret: My Thirty Years' War ; New York: Horizon Press, 1969. describes many artists: Pound, Cocteau, Duchamp, Jane Heap, Stein, Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Picasso, Antheil, etc.

Hemingway: A Moveable Feast

The Life and Music of George Antheil, 1900-1959, Linda Whitesitt, 1981. Dissertation at University of Maryland, published by UMI Research Press.

Four Lives in Paris, Hugh Ford. North Point Press, San Francisco, 1987.

Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation, Noel Riley Fitch. W. W. Norton, 1983.

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"He was one of the people who made the whole world know about America.
Did you know that? Yes, George Antheil. From Trenton!"
- Legendary radio host Jean Shepherd, 1959



“I had never heard piano playing like it. He was a mixture of frenzy and precision which went far beyond conventional virtuosity. A machine seemed to be playing the keys. Unbelievably difficult and complex rhythms were combined ...
Dynamics and tempos were taken to extremes. It was a stunning success. Antheil took a bow.”
- Critic H. H. Stuckenschmidt


“Stravinsky’s music, hard, cold, unsentimental, enormously brilliant and virtuous [virtuosic?] was now the favorite of my postadolescence. In a different way it achieved the hard, cold, postwar flawlessness which I myself wanted to attain-but in an entirely different style, medium...”
-Antheil, writing in his autobiography


“I envied George his freedom from academic involvements, the bravado of his music, and its brutal charm.”
-Composer Virgil Thomson, from his autobiography


“All were fascinated by Antheil’s cheerful lack of modesty. He was in fact the literary mind’s idea of a musical genius: bold, bumptious, and self-confident.”
-Composer Virgil Thomson, from his autobiography, 1966, on meeting Antheil in Paris in the 20s.


“After her divorce [...] Miss Lamarr went to a Hollywood party at the home of Janet Gaynor and there met George Antheil, the composer. Miss Lamarr and Antheil got to talking about the war and how tough it was going to be to stop the Nazis.
“As the story goes, Miss Lamarr recalled hearing some conversations that had occurred between her first husband, Mr. Mandl, and the Nazis, who seemed to place great value on creating some sort of device that would permit the radio control of airborne torpedoes and reduce the danger of jamming. She and Antheil got to discussing all this. The idea, they decided, was to defeat jamming efforts by sending synchronized radio signals on various wavelengths to missiles, which could then be directed to hit their mark.
Antheil supplied the technical expertise for the concept and on Aug. 11, 1942, the two received a United States patent for the use of radio-controlled missiles that could be used against the Germans. There were some doubts that Miss Lamarr had the technical background to give much to the project, but Antheil always credited her. The government was not initially interested in their device, but a refined version of it was used by the American military in the 1960’s - after the patent had expired. They never made a dime. In 1996 they were honored for their work by a professional engineering society. ‘It’s about time,’ was Miss Lamarr’s only comment.”
The New York Times: obituary for Hedy Lamarr, by Richard Severo, Jan 20, 2000.


“George had Paris by the ear”
-Composer Aaron Copland


“Afterwards, when the piece is over, when you’ve stood up, taken your bow, and sat down again, when you’ve wiped your forehead, and your very important hands, you think: ‘I wish I were a professional boxer, the next round against the Steinway would be much more comfortable wearing shorts.’ “
-George Antheil (Autobiography)


“George Antheil certainly has genius. I do not believe that he has arrived at the definitive formulation of his art. What he is presently giving us are rather his studies, his researches, which are very close to those of Picasso: without concession, as far as he can in a domain that is often arid. However, I have already been permitted to enjoy the absolutely new pathos of it, the uprooting rhythm, a joyful drunkenness of contradiction, a private discovery such as children sing to themselves--It seems to me that his music has a great and salutary influence upon the body; Jean Prévost accurately compares it to sports. Like the Tibetan and Mongol rhythms that Antheil has studied a great deal, it drives out demons and fixes gods without asking them for their opinion.”
-Les Gazettes d'Adrienne Monnier, translated by Richard McDougall, as The Very Rich Hours of Adrienne Monnier, Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1976


“You know, the last thing in the world I wanted to do was play Antheil ... at 7 o’clock in the morning. I’d be guilty of somebody stabbing themselves in the eye with their own toothbrush...”
-Radio Host Robert J. Lurtsema

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Top Tunes

A Very Incomplete and Totally Random Selection
Audio! Listen to Antheil's Music:
[click on the links below to download excerpted mp3 and real audio tracks]

Symphonic Music

Piano Sonatas

Chamber Music

real audio: First Symphony, First Movement (Innocente), Hugh Wolff conducting the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester (CPO Records)

real audio: Archipelago (Rhumba), with Hugh Wolff conducting the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester (CPO Records)

real audio: The Sixth Symphony, Third Movement (Allegro), Hugh Wolff conducting the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester (CPO Records)

real audio: The Woman Sonata, Guy Livingston, pianist (live)

real audio: AntheilSonataSauvage, Guy Livingston, pianist (live)

real audio: The Fourth Piano Sonata, First Movement, Guy Livingston, pianist (live)

real audio: AntheilSonataSauvage, Guy Livingston, pianist (live)

mp3: Trumpet Sonata, with Don Sipe, trumpet, and Bill Eddins, piano

Rare Interview

Piano Concerti

Oddity

real audio: This is an excerpt from the historic 1958 interview (see the Other Minds recording for the full interview)

mp3: Second Piano Concerto, with Guy Livingston, soloist [live from Utrecht]

mp3: First Piano Concerto, with Michael Rische, soloist [Arte Nova CD 74321-91014-2]

real audio: George Antheil and Vincent Price (really!) play Antheil's Odes on Poems by John Keats (Other Minds recording)

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