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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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 And it has now been done several times. The xylophones eventually cut out to make way for a serene pianola passage. It moves through rhythmic and intervallic variations until a bridge into the next theme measure 38 mecaanique the original scoring.

However, the piece is definitely structured in a sonata rondo. Retrieved 18 October Unfortunately, these piano rolls are now thought to be lost.

Until the s, this version of the piece had never been performed in its original instrumentation, since the technology for linking mecaniqeu synchronizing multiple player pianos, whether 4 or 16, although theoretically possible when Antheil conceived the piece, turned out not to be practical. They stay in better rhythmic agreement here and give a more ordered feel to this section.

A — Theme 1 starts at the beginning of the piece.

About the Ballet Mécanique

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Although the film was intended to use Antheil’s score as a soundtrack, the two parts were not brought together until the s. Views Read Edit View history.

Antheil wrote several versions of the piece. In September he almost died after a mustard gas attack by the German troops at Ballet. This version, made with the collaboration of the Ensemble Modernand from the few truly reliable and objective balleg 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.


Ballet mécanique (Antheil, George)

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. The measures of silence get longer until the listener begins to wonder whether the piece is already over. Dudley Murphy Man Ray. The original orchestration called for 16 player pianos or pianolas in four parts, 2 regular pianos, 3 xylophonesat least 7 electric bells3 propellerssiren4 bass drumsand 1 tam-tam.

The Ballet Mecanique Page. The musical work runs close to 30 minutes, while the film is about 19 minutes long.

George Antheil

It was loud natheil percussive — a medley of noises, much as the Italian Futurists envisioned new music of the 20th century. After the concert, there were some fights in the street. 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.

Oxford University Press Thus, in each period, a slightly different copy of the Ballet has circulated: As the bizarre instrumentation may suggest, this was no ordinary piece of music.

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 the device that had to synchronize it mechanically: I was stunned by the sight of the breech of a 75 millimeter in the sunlight.


In Novembera version of the score for live ensemble which required further 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 image of a Cubist -style paper puppet of Charlot, by Leger, appears several anthwil in the film.

Coda — A startling change occurs when all instruments cut out except for a lone bell m At its various premieres, it caused tremendous controversy, not to mention fistfights. InAntheil wrote a shortened and much tamer mecqnique for four pianos, four xylophones, two electric bells, two propellers, timpaniglockenspieland other percussion.

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At this rate, the s pianola played 8. Finally, there is a crescendo of pianola, a flurry of percussion and a bang to mark the real ending.

However before completion, mecanoque and composer agreed to go their different ways [ vague ]. The pentatonic melody, hinted in part B, returns m and gets developed in the context of the round. That’s all it took for me to forget the abstract art of — In her book Dudley Murphy: 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.

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

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