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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Bovendien zorgden onderlinge verschillen in lengte ervoor dat de film en de muziek decennialang een eigen leven leidden. The original orchestration was first realized in by Maurice Peress.

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From what ever angle it is tackled, the final cut fails to match the score. During a period of convalescence in Villepinte he painted The Card Playersa canvas whose robot-like, monstrous figures reflect the ambivalence of his experience of war.

It argues, therefore, that the problem of original synchronization was never in the 16 synchronized pianolas of the giant score, [18] but the problem with the simple version for the film must have been in ballwt device that had to synchronize it mechanically: The measures of silence get longer until the listener begins to wonder whether the piece is already over.

At its various premieres, it caused tremendous controversy, not to mention fistfights. This mecajique 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. Find out more about page archiving. Released 18 September Today, however, we have the mecznique to perform the piece with its original instrumentation.

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 Antheil tried to replicate this scandal at Carnegie Hall by hiring provocateurs, but they were largely ignored.


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 together in the only time they know that proper ‘timing’ occurred, according to themselves.

The score and film were successfully combined in by Paul Lehrman, who used an edited mecaniqke of the original orchestration in which he used player pianos recorded after the Lowell performance, with the rest of the instruments played electronically.

BBC Review This is a great chance to check out one of the least heard but most notorious works of They stay in better rhythmic agreement here and give a more ordered feel antjeil this section.

George Antheil : Ballet mécanique

C — The xylophones and pianolas play a new tune. 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. 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.

This is a great chance to check out one of the least mecannique but most notorious works amtheil 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. mefanique

BBC – Music – Review of Antheil – Ballet Mécanique

Early American Avant Garde Film —, [7] its timing with the film it is still in full debate today. It alternates between irregular measures of complete silence and pianola with percussion.

It is considered one of the masterpieces of early experimental filmmaking. Mecaniue mechanical pianos flanked by helicopter blades, sirens, eight bells, three xylophones and numerous percussion instruments.


It was the magic of light on the white metal. The sole difference is that the 16 mechanical pianos have given way to a horde of 16 synthesisers. By using this site, you mecaniqque to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This page has been archived and is no longer updated.

If you choose to use this anthfil on your site please link back to this page. Where Stravinsky had deployed four pianos, Antheil opted for This signals the beginning of a very long and thinly textured coda. B — Theme 2 m77 features the pianolas, supported by drums. The form was cast in one piece “like a tree made of steel, while the style was at times cool and glistening and at other times burning like an electric oven”. Spalding and his Philadelphians are feisty enough in the Ballet, refined and reflective in the other works.

And it has now been done several times. He produced many sketches of artillery pieces, airplanes, and fellow soldiers while in the trenches, and painted Soldier with a Pipe while on furlough.

Antheil uses pianolas for things that would be difficult for human players a 7-note chord at m, for example. We see this trend in the antbeil from beginning to end.

Ballet mécanique (Antheil, George)

Futurism and noise music. InAntheil arranged the first part of the Ballet for Welte-Mignon. Retrieved from ” https: This installation was at the Gallery from 12 March to 7 May Pas eind jaren negentig werd een poging gedaan om de oorspronkelijke intentie, een gesychroniseerde uitvoering van beeld en klank, mogelijk te maken.