BALLET MECANIQUE ~ A SHOW OF MECHANICAL INSTRUMENTS

Ballet Mécanique (1924) was a project by the American composer George Antheil and the filmmaker/artists Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy. Although the film was intended to use Antheil’s score as a soundtrack, the two parts were not brought together until the 1990s. As a composition, Ballet Mécanique is Antheil’s best known and most enduring work. It remains famous for its radical style and instrumentation as well as its storied history. In concert performance, the “ballet” is not a show of human dancers but of mechanical instruments. Among these, player...