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Ballet Mechanique

  • Australian National Academy of Music 210 Bank Street South Melbourne, VIC, 3205 Australia (map)

Rhythm, rhythm, and more rhythm! George Antheil’s Ballet mécanique for 16 player pianos, airplane propellor and gigantic percussion section started a riot at its Paris premiere in 1925. He later revised the scoring so that audiences could discover the wonderful music behind the novel façade. Sharing the stage is that other great Paris riot, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, heard in a sensational new arrangement by Timothy Young. Justine Anderson sings Ginastera’s magical evocation of ancient central America.

GINASTERA Cantata para América Mágica op. 27
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring (arr. Young)
Laurence Matheson, piano/celeste

ANTHEIL Ballet Mécanique (1923-25 version)

Justine Anderson soprano
Tim White percussion
Gary France percussion
Peter Neville conductor/co-director
Timothy Young piano/co-director
ANAM Percussionists and Pianists

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Earlier Event: September 7
The Australian Ballet: Nijinsky (Melbourne)
Later Event: November 3
ANAM Fellowship Recital 4