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ANTHEIL, George
b Trenton, New Jersey, 8 July 1900
d New York, 12 February 1959, aged fifty-eight


He was of German descent. He studied piano from the age of six, and from age thirteen commuted to Philadelphia for lessons in theory and composition. During 1920 he studied with Bloch and in 1922 moved to Berlin to pursue a career as a concert pianist, but abandoned the idea. In 1923 he lived and wrote in Paris, and from 1924 onwards began writing for films. In 1930 he published a mystery novel and in 1945 his autobiography, Bad Boy of Music.


1922 (22)
Airplane Sonata, for piano
Sonata Sauvage, for piano
Symphony No l
1923 (23)
Ballet Mecanique (1923-4, revised 1953)
Violin Sonata No 1
1926 (26)
Jazz Symphoniette, for twenty-two instruments
1928-9 (28-9)
Transatlantic, opera
1931 (31)
Helen Retires, opera
1935 (35)
Dreams, ballet
1936 (36)
Course, dance score
1942 (42)
Symphony No 4
1947-8 (47-8)
Symphony No 5
1948 (48)
Symphony No 6
McKonkey's Ferry, overture for orchestra
Serenade, for string orchestra
Piano Sonata No 4
Songs of Experience (Blake poems), for voice and piano
1950 (50)
Volpone, opera
1951 (51)
Eight Fragments from Shelley, for chorus
1953 (53)
Capital of the World, ballet
1955-6 (55-6)
Cabezza de Vacca, cantata


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