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George Antheil Hertz Hall Concert

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 61 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

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On November 20, 1970, KPFA and Charles Amirkhanian presented a concert featuring many of the early works of George Antheil to a sold-out Hertz Hall on the U. C. Berkeley campus. This historic concert launched a revival of interest in Antheil's early music, most of which had not been performed since the mid-1920s. The program features “Airplane Sonata”, “Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano with drums”, “La Femme 100 Têtes”, “Five Songs (on the Text of Adelaide Crapsey)”, and “Symphony for Five Instruments”. During the actual concert images of the etching by Max Ernst that were the inspiration for the 45 preludes that comprise “La Femme 100 Têtes” were projected. The concert also included a showing of the experimental film “Ballet Mécanique” by Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger, with cinematography by Man Ray for which Antheil had composed the score, however, unfortunately this is not included in this concert recording.

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Airplane Sonata, for piano (1921) (5:14) -- Sonata No. 2, for violin and piano with drums (1923) (7:43)
Performers:  Vladimir Pleshakov, piano (Airplane, Sonata No. 2 )
Nathan Rubin, violin (Sonata No. 2)
Lou Harrison, drums (Sonata No. 2)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Chamber music; New music; Piano music; Sonatas (Piano); Sonatas (Violin and piano)
People:  Antheil, George, 1900-1959; Pleshakov, Vladimir; Rubin, Nathan, 1929-; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003
Recording Date:  11/20/1970
First Broadcast Date:  12/8/1970
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  La femme 100 têtes (1933) (27:55)
Performers:  Julian White, piano
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Piano music
People:  Antheil, George, 1900-1959; White, Julian, 1930-2006
Recording Date:  11/20/1970
First Broadcast Date:  12/8/1970
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Five Songs: November Night ; Triad ; Suzanna and the Elders ; Fate Defied ; The Warning [text by Adelaide Crapsey] (1919-1920) (6:54) -- Symphony for Five Instruments (1922-23) (12:36)
Performers:  Miriam Abramowitsch, soprano (Five Songs)
Bernhard Abramowitsch, piano (Five Songs)
Jean Cunningham, flute (Symphony)
Greg Barber, bassoon (Symphony)
John Wright, trumpet (Symphony)
Dan Livesay, trombone (Symphony)
Kenneth Harrison, viola (Symphony)
Gerhard Samuel, conductor (Symphony)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  Chamber music; 20th century classical; Art songs; Songs (High voice) with piano; Quintets (Bassoon, flute, trombone, trumpet, viola)
People:  Antheil, George, 1900-1959; Crapsey, Adelaide, 1878-1914; Abramowitsch, Miriam; Abramowitsch, Bernhard, 1906-; Cunningham, Jean Zeiger ; Barber, Gregory; Wright, John (Musician); Livesay, Dan; Harrison, Kenneth (Musician) ; Samuel, Gerhard
Recording Date:  11/20/1970
First Broadcast Date:  12/8/1970
 
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