Birth of a Bad Boy

George Antheil was known as the Bad Boy of Music. Where did he come from, and how did he end up in Paris, the musical star of the lost generation? Celebrate his 115th birthday (July 8th) and follow this enfant terrible from Trenton to the concert halls of Europe…

In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us George, the baseball-playing, all-american kid, who became a world-famous bad boy. His entertaining first symphony and his early wild piano pieces set the stage for musical acheivements to come.

AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #06: Birth of a Bad Boy

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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.

George Antheil
1. Sonatina für Radio (1921)
Guy Livingston, piano.
WERGO 67622

James Scott
2. Ragtime Oriole
Roger Shields, Piano.
VoxBox 3027vintage radio

George Antheil.
Symphony 1. (1921)
3. Innocente (7:48)
4. Vivo, all zingaresco. poi ragtime (9:35)
5. Doloroso Elevato (7:39)
6. Ragtime (6:09)
Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt, conducted by Hugh Wolff.
CPO 999604-2

George Antheil
7. Sonate Sauvage – 1st movement (1923)
Guy Livingston, piano.
WER 66612

George and Ira Gershwin
8. Fascinating Rhythm
Eric Stern, conductor. Steven Blier and John Musto, pianos.
Electra Nonesuch 7559-79308-2

George Antheil
9. Golden Bird (1921)
Guy Livingston, piano.
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George Antheil
10. Overture from Transatlantic (1929)
Guy Livingston, piano.
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george composing

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