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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In September he almost died after a mustard gas attack by the German troops at Verdun. 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. Oxford University Press Inthe film was premiered with a new score by Michael Nyman.
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Although the film mecaniquue intended to use Antheil’s score as a soundtrack, the two parts were not brought together until the s. This section descends into increasing chaos starting m which signals a transition into part C m Until the s, this version of the piece had never been performed in its original instrumentation, since the technology for linking and synchronizing multiple player pianos, whether 4 or 16, although theoretically possible when Antheil conceived the piece, turned out not to be practical.
A — Theme 1 starts at the beginning of the piece.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 anrheil played electronically.
The Ballet is hard to surmise from just looking at the score—one must hear it to get a real sense of its chaos. Finally, there is a crescendo of pianola, a flurry of percussion and a bang to mark the real ending. This installation was at the Gallery from 12 March to 7 May It is considered one of the masterpieces of early experimental filmmaking.
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.
Nevertheless, with scor 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: Its instrumental parts are extremely difficult to play, and it lasts, in its various versions, between 14 and 30 minutes.
Early American Avant Garde Film —,  its timing with the film it is still in full debate today. C — The xylophones and pianolas play a new tune. The Art of Noises Modernism hallet. At its various premieres, it caused tremendous controversy, not to mention fistfights.
It is only the first of many visual puns in the film—a seeming display of the film’s sheer visual modernity, as intended by its creators from the get-go.
Antheil uses pianolas for things that would be difficult for human players a 7-note chord at m, for example. Inbwllet University of Massachusetts Lowell Percussion Ensemble presented the first performance of the original score without the film using 16 player pianos and live players.
Today, however, we have the technology to perform the piece with its original instrumentation. The image of a Cubist -style paper puppet of Charlot, by Leger, appears several times in the film.
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Antheil tried to replicate this scandal at Carnegie Hall by hiring provocateurs, but they were largely ignored. The measures of silence get longer until the listener begins to wonder whether the piece is already over. The melody is mostly built from parallel series of consonant chords, sometimes sounding pentatonic but often making no tonal sense at all.
This thesis, and the implications that it originates, has been greatly reinforced in with the publication of the original reconstruction of kinematic synchronism according to it in the so-called Canonical version. The true film score must have been much simpler and more precise, and possibly the one that would end up orchestrating in This is not strictly a repeat of Theme 1 but another variation and development upon it. InAntheil arranged the first part of the Ballet for Welte-Mignon.
It argues, therefore, that the problem of original synchronization was never in the 16 synchronized pianolas of the giant score,  but the problem with the simple version for the film must have been in the device that had to synchronize it mechanically: In the Paris performances, beginning in Junethe fans were pointed up at the ceiling.