George Antheil, known as the Bad Boy of Music, was hardly a conventional composer. His most famous works scandalized Paris and New York, and made him both notorious and celebrated by the avantgarde.
In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us a different kind of Antheil. Many compositions, forgotten over the years, showcase a subtle and neo-romantic, neo-classical mastery of writing for string quartet and small ensemble. Special thanks to Mauro Piccinini for original research on Antheil.
George Antheil, No Strings Attached?
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Playlist for AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #13:
Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams. Nonesuch Records 79101.
Serenade for String Orchestra, No. 1
1. I. Allegro (3:33)
2. II. Andante Molto (7:36)
3. III. Vivo (4:34)
Daniel Spalding, conducting the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.
Lithuanian Night (1919/1922)
Del Sol Quartet
4. Moderato (2:18)
5. Presto (1:16)
Other Minds CD OM 1008-2
6. Quartet #1 For Strings In One Movement (1925) – Allegretto Allegro
Del Sol Quartet
Other Minds OM 1008-2
Sonata No. 3 (1947)
7. I. Allegro
8. II. Adagio
9. III. Diabolic “Cartoon”
Guy Livingston, pianist.
Pride and the Passion
10. Fulfillment And End Title
Capitol Records W-873