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Ode To Gravity:
George Antheil & Four Lives in Paris

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 60 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian introduces three recordings of compositions by George Antheil, the original bad boy of music, who lived from 1900 to 1959. Amirkhanian also discusses “Four Lives in Paris,” Hugh Ford’s book documenting the lives of Antheil, Kay Boyle, Harold Stearns, and Margaret Anderson as Americans living in France during the heady days of the early 20th century. Published by North Point Press of Berkeley, California, the volume brings to light information about four, representative, yet lesser known lights, of the American expatriate scene in Paris in the 1920s. Amirkhanian reads a passage from the book that describes the sort of conditions Antheil enjoyed living above Sylvia Beech’s famous bookstore, and meeting such luminaries as Erik Satie and Ezra Pound. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  Sonata, for trumpet and piano (1951) (12:34) / George Antheil -- String Quartet No. 1 (1925) (15:25) / George Antheil -- String Quartet No. 2 [excerpt] (1927) (7:00) / George Antheil
Performers:  Ned Gardner, trumpet (Sonata)
Richard Reid, piano (Sonata)
Mondriaan Kwartet: (Quartets)
Jan Erik van Regteren Altena, violin (Quartets)
Edwin Blankenstijn, violin (Quartets)
Prunella Pacey, viola (Quartets)
Eduard van Regteren Altena, cello (Quartets)
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Antheil, George, 1900-1959; Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992; Stearns, Harold, 1891-1943; Anderson, Margaret C; 20th century classical; New music; Composers; Authors; Americans -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century; Sonatas (Trumpet and piano); String quartets
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Antheil, George, 1900-1959; Gardner, Ned; Reid, Richard; Regteren Altena, Jan Erik van; Blankenstijn, Edwin; Pacey, Prunella; Regteren Altena, Eduard van ; Ford, Hugh D., 1925-
Recording Date:  4/6/1987
First Broadcast Date:  4/6/1987
 
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