Antheil, Böske

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Biographical Note

Entries refer to the activities of George Antheil unless otherwise specified.

  • 1900 July 8: Born, Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1906: Begins piano studies
  • 1916: Begins studies in music theory and composition with Constantin von Sternberg in Philadelphia
  • 1919: Begins studies in composition with Ernest Bloch in New York City
  • 1920: Begins work on Symphony No. 1
  • 1921: Meets Mary Louise Curtis Bok, who acts as his benefactress for nineteen years
  • 1922: Embarks on European concert tour with stops in Budapest, Dresden, Munich, Vienna, and Berlin
  • 1922: Meets Igor Stravinsky
  • 1923: Moves to Paris, where he lives above Silvia Beach’s bookshop Shakespeare and Company
  • 1925: First private performance of Ballet Mécanique is held at the Maison Pleyel
  • 1925 November 4: Marries Böske Markus in Budapest
  • 1926 June 19: First public performance of Ballet Mécanique at the Champs Elysées Theatre, with Vladimir Golschmann conducting
  • 1927 April 10: American premiere of Ballet Mécanique at Carnegie Hall, produced by Donald Friede, with backdrops by Joseph Mullen
  • 1928: Moves to Vienna to work on Transatlantic (originally titled Glare)
  • 1930 May 25: Premiere of Transatlantic in Frankfurt
  • 1933: Returns to the United States
  • 1934 February 28: First performance of Helen Retires at Juilliard School of Music
  • 1935: First synchronized film scores produced, including The Scoundrel and Once in a Blue Moon
  • 1936: Antheil family settles in Hollywood, California
  • 1937 June 8: Son Peter born in Los Angeles
  • 1940s: Writes numerous articles for Esquire and other publications on various topics, including music, romance, endocrinology, and World War II, while also composing film scores
  • 1944 February 13: Premiere of Symphony No. 4 by the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski
  • 1945: Publication of autobiography, Bad Boy of Music
  • 1953 December 27: Stage premiere of Capitol of the World at the Metropolitan Opera House, with choreography by Eugene Loring
  • 1959 February 12: Dies of a heart attack in New York City

From the guide to the George and Böske Antheil Papers, circa 1875-1984, (bulk 1920-1958), (Music Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf George and Böske Antheil Papers, circa 1875-1984, (bulk 1920-1958) Library of Congress. Music Division
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associatedWith Amirkhanian, Charles. person
associatedWith Antheil, George, 1900-1959 person
correspondedWith Beach, Sylvia person
associatedWith Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959 person
correspondedWith Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963 person
correspondedWith Dallapiccola, Luigi, 1904-1975 person
correspondedWith Golschmann, Vladimir, 1893-1972 person
correspondedWith Joyce, James, 1882-1941 person
correspondedWith Kahn, Otto Hermann, 1867-1934 person
correspondedWith Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 person
correspondedWith Stokowski, Leopold, 1882-1977 person
correspondedWith Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 person
correspondedWith Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950 person
correspondedWith Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 person
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Avant-garde (Music)


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