Ballet Mécanique (24 Sep. 1924)

Ballet Mécanique (1924) was a project by the American composer George Antheil and the filmmaker/artists Fernand Leger and Dudley Murphy. Although the film was intended to use Antheil’s score as a soundtrack, the two parts were not brought together until the 1990s. As a composition, Ballet Mécanique is Antheil’s best known and most enduring work. It remains famous for its radical style and instrumentation as well as its storied history.

In concert performance, the “ballet” is not a show of human dancers but of mechanical instruments. Among these, player pianos, airplane propellers and electric bells stand prominently onstage, moving as machines do, and providing the visual side of the ballet. As the bizarre instrumentation may suggest, this was no ordinary piece of music.

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About Der Landstreicher

Ιδού η αληθινή Ταϊτή, δηλαδή: πιστά πλασμένη με τη φαντασία μου. (Πολ Γκογκέν και Σαρλ Μορίς)............... Είμαστε εμείς οι ονειροπαρμένοι τρελλοί της γης με τη φλογισμένη καρδιά και τα έξαλλα μάτια. (Γιώργος Μακρής).............. Und wollt ihr wissen, wer ich bin, ich weiß es selber nicht, ich irre so durchs Leben hin, weiß nicht, wo ich zu Hause bin und will es wissen nicht. (Landstreicherlied, Arnold Waldwagner)...........

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