George Carl Johann Antheil (1900–1959) was a U.S. composer and pianist.
Born in Trenton New Jersey on July 8, 1900, Antheil’s best-known composition is Ballet Mécanique (1924). The “ballet” was about thirty minutes long, originally conceived as the musical accompaniment to the film of the same name by Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger. Eventually the film makers and composers chose to let their creations evolve separately, although the film credits still included Antheil. Ballet Mécanique premiered as concert music in Paris in 1926. The onstage airplane propeller blew off…
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