Ballet mécanique!

American composer and pianist George Antheil revolutionized music with his extraordinary Ballet mécanique in 1926. But a series of personal and professional disasters kept the work from taking its place in the history books.

In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston presents the story behind Ballet mécanique, and puts Antheil in context. His visionary ideas and his stubbornness were both powerful parts of his personality.

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This show features TWO versions (back to back!) of Ballet mécanique. Not for the faint of heart.

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