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date: 23 February 2020

Antheil, George [Georg] (Carl Johann)locked

  • Linda Whitesitt,
  • Charles Amirkhanian
  •  and Susan C. Cook

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[Georg] (Carl Johann)

(b Trenton, NJ, July 8, 1900; d New York, Feb 12, 1959). American composer and pianist of German descent.

Antheil began piano lessons when he was six and from the age of 16 travelled regularly to Philadelphia for theory and composition lessons with Constantin von Sternberg. On the advice of Sternberg, Antheil went to New York in 1919 to study composition with Ernest Bloch. In 1920 while studying with Bloch, Antheil began his first major work, the Symphonie no.1 ‘Zingareska’; it is interesting for the jazz rhythms in the last movement. After leaving Bloch’s tutelage in 1921, Antheil returned to Philadelphia, where financial problems forced him to look for a patron. With Sternberg’s help he gained the support of Mary Louise Curtis Bok; although she disapproved of Antheil’s music, she continued her financial assistance for the next 19 years.

With Bok’s support, Antheil went to Europe on 30 May 1922...

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