Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid for the George Antheil Motion Picture and Television Music Collection 1936-1957
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (72.65 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Overview
Table of contents What's This?
The collection consists of holographs, ozalid and other copies of scores, short scores and parts of George Antheil's music for motion picture and television productions. Included is the music for The Plainsman, The Buccaneer, Knock on Any Door, Not as a Stranger, In a Lonely Place, and The Pride and the Passion.
Antheil was born on June 8, 1900, in Trenton, NJ; he began piano lessons at age six and later studied composition under Ernest Bloch from 1919-21; after a successful tour of Europe as a concert pianist in the early 1920s he took up residence in Paris, and began composing, using jazz rhythms and mechanical devices in symphonic music; his most famous work, Ballet mTcanique (1924), intended as an accompaniment to the experimental Fernand Leger film of that name, is a score that calls for such unorthodox instruments as mechanical pianos, airplane propellers, and electric bells; his opera Transatlantic (1927-28) was staged in Frankfurt in 1930; from 1929-33 he divided his time between Europe and the US, solidifying a fundamentally American style, using a synthesis of American folk-like material that appears in almost all of his later compositions; returning permanently to the US in 1933, he continued to write for musical theater and wrote ballet scores for George Balanchine and Martha Graham; he began composing for Hollywood films in 1935 while continuing his work for the concert hall and settled in Hollywood in 1936; in the 1940s, he embraced a new romantic spirit in his music, especially in his successful symphonies no. 4 & 5; wrote a set 4 operas in the early 1950s; died in New York on Feb. 12, 1959.
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Arts Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.