Ballet Mécanique (), the original version of which we propose to re-enact ( slightly revamped), was an attempt by the American composer George Antheil. Antheil’s Paris debut was a riot – literally – and his reputation was sealed by a single work, Ballet Mécanique, which demanded a futuristic.

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A — Theme 1 starts at the beginning of the piece. After the concert, there were some fights in the street. Today, however, we have the technology to perform the mwcanique with its original instrumentation. The featured film print is the original version, premiered in Vienna on 24 September by Frederick Kiesler.

Ballet mécanique (Antheil, George) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Views Read Edit View history. 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.

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: The Art of Noises Modernism music.

Spalding and his Philadelphians are feisty enough in the Ballet, refined and reflective in the other works. Antheil wrote several versions of the piece. Retrieved 11 November The original orchestration was first realized in by Maurice Peress. The pentatonic melody, hinted in part B, returns m and gets developed in the context of the round.

They stay in better rhythmic agreement here and give a more ordered feel to this section. It is considered one of the masterpieces of early experimental filmmaking.

It was loud and percussive — a medley of noises, much as the Italian Futurists envisioned new music of the 20th century. In her book Dudley Murphy: A series of rhythmical images, nothing else [ Antheil uses pianolas for things that would be difficult for human players a 7-note chord at m, for example. This signals the beginning of a very long and thinly textured coda. This is a mecaniquee chance to check mecanlque one of the least heard but most notorious works of The true film score must have been much simpler and more precise, and possibly the one that would end up orchestrating in It is easily identified by the oscillating melody in the xylophones.


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.

It remains famous for its radical repetitive style and instrumentation, as well as its storied history. George Antheil was an American concert pianist and composer who made his mark in Paris in the ‘s as a genuine enfant terrible, courting controversy and working hard for his notoriety. If you choose to use this review on your site please link back to this page. The European-based Ensemble Moderne was the first to attempt the piece: It’s one of those works it seems everyone’s heard of but never actually listened to; the only disappointment is that what we have here is Antheil’s revised version, which makes more reasonable demands than the original – only four pianos, two propellers and two electric bells!

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. However, at the Carnegie Hall premiere on 10 Aprilthe fans were positioned to blow into the audience, upsetting the patrons.

B — Theme 2 m77 features the pianolas, supported by drums. 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.

Retrieved 18 October It sounds like an onslaught of confusing chords, punctuated by random rings, wails, or pauses.

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This version, made with the collaboration of the Ensemble Modernand from the few truly reliable and objective data that have reached today, searches through algorithms computer the exact copy of the film [18] and the correct Antheil score, which they both joined mecamique in the only time they know that proper ‘timing’ occurred, according to themselves. Breakfast BBC Radio 3. Find out more about our use of this data.

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It was the magic of light on the white metal. What we are now offering is more or less the original idealistic and madly startling version ofin keeping with the first mecanuque.

We see this trend in the film from beginning to end. The xylophones eventually cut out to make way for a serene pianola passage. Finally, there is a crescendo of pianola, a flurry of percussion and a bang to mark the real ending. In the yearthe more restrained and neo-classical composer returned to the music and rearranged it to produce a lighter rhythm.

Ballet mécanique (Antheil, George)

Inthe film was premiered with a new score by Michael Nyman. InPaul Lehrman produced a married print of the film. However before completion, director and composer agreed to go their different ways [ vague ]. Oxford University Press Clips taken from original discs may contain strong language. There’s the Serenade for String Orchestra, which feels like Dag Wiren crossed with Shostakovich; then the tiny minute Symphony for Five Instruments one of Antheil’s own favourites which sounds like an excellent piece of newly-discovered neo-classical Stravinsky This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat InAntheil wrote a shortened and much tamer version for four pianos, four xylophones, two electric bells, two propellers, timpaniglockenspieland other percussion.

So you’ll probably buy this new cd for the famous Ballet, but the reasons you’ll want to return to it come afterwards.