George Antheil

Born Jul 8, 1900

George Antheil was an American avant-garde composer, pianist, author and inventor whose modernist musical compositions explored the modern sounds – musical, industrial, mechanical – of the early 20th century. Spending much of the 1920s in Europe, Antheil returned to the US in the 1930s, and thereafter spent much of his time composing music for film scores and eventually, television. His compositions for the concert hall, ballet, and films became more tonal.… Read More

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1900 Birth Born on July 8, 1900.


1916 15 Years Old Antheil started studying the piano at the age of six. In 1916 he traveled regularly to Philadelphia to study under Constantine von Sternberg, a former pupil of Franz Liszt. … Read More
1919 18 Years Old In 1919, he began to work with the more progressive Ernest Bloch in New York. … Read More


1921 20 Years Old Antheil continued his piano studies, and the study of modernist compositions, such as those by Igor Stravinsky and members of the Les Six group of French composers. In 1921, he wrote his first in a series of technology-based works, the solo piano Second Sonata, "The Airplane". … Read More
1922 21 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 30, 1922, at the age of 21, Antheil sailed for Europe to make his name as "a new ultra-modern pianist composer" and a "futurist terrible"." … Read More
1923 22 Years Old The Antheils finally arrived in Paris in June 1923, in time to attend the premiere of Stravinsky's ballet Les Noces, but the relationship with Stravinsky did not survive for long. … Read More
1924 23 Years Old In 1924 Pound published Antheil and the Treatise on Harmony, as part of his campaign to boost Antheil's reputation. … Read More
1925 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He met Boski Markus, a Hungarian and niece of the Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler who became his companion and whom he married in 1925.
1927 27 Years Old On April 10, 1927, Antheil rented New York's Carnegie Hall in order to present an entire concert devoted to his works including the American debut of Ballet Mécanique in a scaled-down version. … Read More


1930 30 Years Old …  In 1930, he premiered his first opera Transatlantic. … Read More
1933 33 Years Old In 1933, the rise of the Nazi party made Antheil's avant-garde music unwelcome in Germany, and at the height of the Depression, he returned to the US and settled in New York City. … Read More
1936 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1936 Antheil travelled to Hollywood, where he became a sought-after film composer, writing more than thirty scores for such directors as Cecil B. DeMille and Nicholas Ray, including The Scoundrel (1935) and The Plainsman (1936). … Read More


1940 40 Years Old …  George's younger brother was Henry W. Antheil, Jr. He became a diplomatic courier and died on June 14, 1940, when his plane was shot down over the Baltic Sea.
1942 42 Years Old On 11 August 1942, U.S. Patent 2,292,387 was granted to Antheil and "Hedy Kiesler Markey", Lamarr's married name at the time. … Read More
1945 45 Years Old In 1945, he published his autobiography Bad Boy of Music, which became a bestseller. … Read More


1953 53 Years Old His 1953 opera Volpone was premiered in New York in 1953 to mixed reviews, while a visit to Spain in the 1950s influenced some of his last works, including the film score for The Pride and the Passion (1957).
1954 54 Years Old In 1954, Antheil created a modified version of the work for percussion, four pianos, and a recording of an airplane motor.
1959 59 Years Old Died on February 12, 1959.
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