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George Antheil papers, 1935-1957
PASC-M 43  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material
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  • Title: George Antheil papers
    Collection number: PASC-M 43
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 20.0 linear ft. (2 document boxes, 35 flat boxes, and 5 oversize flat boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1957
    Abstract: This collection consists primarily of scores for music composed by George Antheil for film and television.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Antheil, George, 1900-1959

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George Antheil Papers (Collection PASC-M 43). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Peter Antheil, 1980, 1992, 2006. Two items in Series 3 (The Wish, Toccata No. 2) gift of Irwin Parnes, 1978.

    Biographical Note

    Composer George Antheil was born June 8, 1900 in Trenton, New Jersey. He studied piano and composition from an early age and moved to Europe in 1922, finally landing in Paris after a year in Berlin. While in Paris, Antheil befriended a number of avant-garde artists and writers, and composed several works that called for unorthodox instrumentation. His best-known work Ballet Mécanique (1924), originally intended to accompany a Fernand Léger film, included sirens, bells, and airplane propellers. Following its unfavorable premier in New York in 1927, Antheil continued to compose concert works, ballets, and operas, while dividing his time between Europe and the U.S. In 1936, he settled in Los Angeles, where he composed music for numerous films and also continued to write classical works during the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to music, Antheil had several other pursuits including writing, endocrinology, and technological invention. George Antheil died in New York on February 12, 1959.
    For a catalog of Antheil's music see Linda Whitesitt's The Life and Music of George Antheil 1900-1959, 1983. Also see Antheil's autobiography, Bad Boy of Music.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists primarily of music composed by George Antheil for film and television. Manuscript and reproduction scores are present for numerous films including Ben Hecht's Once in a Blue Moon (1935), John Parker's Dementia (1955), and Stanley Kramer's Not as a Stranger (1955) and The Pride and the Passion (1957). Also present are scores for episodes of the CBS television documentary series The Twentieth Century.
    The collection also includes a small number of songs and other musical compositions, including his opera The Wish, as well as writings by Antheil about World War II, mostly written for Los Angeles radio programs.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into the following series:
    • Series 1. Film projects
    • Series 2. Television projects
    • Series 3. Other musical compositions
    • Series 4. World War II writings
    • Series 5. Correspondence
    • Series 6. Sound recordings

    Related Material

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230324 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American composers.
    Motion picture music--Scores and parts.
    Television music--Scores and parts.