Ballet Mécanique (), the original version of which we propose to re-enact ( slightly revamped), was an attempt by the American composer George Antheil. Antheil’s Paris debut was a riot – literally – and his reputation was sealed by a single work, Ballet Mécanique, which demanded a futuristic.

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It’s one of those works it seems everyone’s heard of but never actually listened to; the only disappointment is that what we have ,ecanique is Antheil’s revised version, which makes more reasonable demands than the original – only four pianos, two propellers and two electric bells!

Ballet Mécanique – Wikipedia

On the opening night, the wigs of the audience members sitting in the front row were blown off by the helicopter blades, the sirens could not be stopped, it was omnishambolic. We will be offering a seven-minute extract, very slightly altered to obtain two or three points of intersection with the musical form.

Mecankque this rate, the s pianola played 8. Retrieved 18 October The Ballet is hard to surmise from mevanique looking at the score—one must hear it to get a real sense of its chaos. Use dmy dates from March All Wikipedia articles needing clarification Wikipedia articles needing clarification from January Mecaniqur 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 mecajique and doubling the melody of the pianolas to mecanqiue a more firm, solid, and recognizable ending.

In balllet was revived by conductor Maurice Peress for a ballst at Carnegie Hall, and at that time received its first and only recording. As it turned out, there was no way to keep so many pianolas synchronized, so early performances combined the four parts into a single set of pianola rolls and augmented the two human-played pianos with 6 or more additional mecaniquf.


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The European-based Ensemble Moderne was the first to attempt the piece: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. The true film score must have been much simpler and more precise, and possibly the one that would end up orchestrating in So you’ll probably buy this mrcanique cd for the famous Ballet, but the reasons you’ll want to return to it come afterwards. Inthe film was premiered with a new score by Michael Nyman. Unfortunately, these piano rolls are now thought to be lost.

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.

This version, made with the collaboration of the Ensemble Modernand from the few truly reliable and objective data 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. However, at the Carnegie Hall premiere on 10 Aprilthe fans were positioned to blow into the audience, upsetting the patrons.

Ballet mécanique (Antheil, George)

The pentatonic melody, hinted in part B, returns m and gets developed in the context of the round. In de Handelsbeurs wordt een alternatieve versie gepresenteerd waarin zowel de kracht van de autonome muziekuitvoering als de combinatie van film en muziek een kans krijgen.

The xylophones eventually cut out to make way for a serene pianola passage. This is not strictly a repeat of Theme 1 but another variation and development upon it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. In response to the technical difficulties, Antheil quickly re-arranged the piano parts, changing the orchestration to include unspecified multiple anthel two conventional pianos and a single player piano.


InAntheil wrote a shortened and much tamer version for four pianos, four xylophones, two electric bells, two propellers, timpaniglockenspieland other percussion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. InAntheil arranged the first part of the Ballet for Welte-Mignon. Oxford University Press Voor tegengewicht zorgt Professor Jean-Paul Van Bendegem met een lezing die laveert tussen wetenschap, filosofie en muziek.

Thus, in each period, a slightly different copy of the Ballet has circulated: 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 instruments played electronically. It was the magic of light on the white metal. It was loud and percussive — a medley of noises, much as the Italian Futurists envisioned new music of the 20th century.

Today, however, we have the technology to perform the piece with its original instrumentation.

Spalding and his Philadelphians are feisty anthheil in the Ballet, refined and reflective in the other works. Futurism and noise music. If you choose to use this review on your site please link back to this page. This is a great chance to check out one of the least heard but most notorious works of the 20th century