Archive for December 4, 2004

George Antheil my new hero

Listening to La Monte Young interview right now, discovered through
American Mavericks George Antheil and American composter
born in 1900 died in 1959, and made some crazy symphonies
that involded amongst other things, airplane propellers, and
large percussion ensembles.

Lived and worked in Berlin and Paris amongst Joyce and others.
There’s some story here, of Americans experimenting with
pop culture (again), connecting with the european avant-garde,
and perhaps some aspect of transitional thought between modernism
and post-modernism, but Antheil’s work seems to be less
transitional as brutal, still un-rivaled, and considered with
a keen ear for aesthetics
Clip here
and
Ballet Mechanique

Jazz Symphony

Sonata 2

December 4, 2004 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

American Mavericks Home Page (Cage, Harrison, Varese etc)

Wooo. this is a A LOT of stuff including Terry Riley’s In C, John Adams, Cage, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Duke Ellengton, Morton Feldman and others. Just a straight up shot of some of the most important American composers of the last century, lovingly performed, and logged. We need more sites like this:

http://musicmavericks.publicradio.org/listening/
or click here

December 4, 2004 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment


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