Antheil, George, 1900-1959
George Antheil, born July 8th, 1900, was an American composer and pianist associated with the avant-garde style. His whose major patron for a time was Mary Louise Curtis Bok. He was also an inventor and author that helped invent the frequency hopping radio guidance system alongside actress Hedy Lamarr.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Business and personal correspondence files kept by Mary Louise Curtis Bok's private secretary. Comprises letters to Mrs. Bok from a wide variety of sources including Curtis students, faculty and staff; friends and acquaintances; businesses; philanthropic organizations; music organizations/musicians; and government.
The collection consists of three piano player rolls containing the first edition of George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique for pianola, dedicated to Mary Louise Curtis Bok. In addition to the handwritten dedication, the first roll contains an explanatory introduction about the purpose and use of the rolls, which were meant to be heard by musicians only.