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    George Antheil
The Complete Works for String Quartet
Del Sol String Quartet
 


Other Minds/CD 1008-2

Del Sol String Quartet:
Kate Stenberg, 1st violin
Rick Shinozaki, 2nd violin
Charlton Lee, viola
Monica Scott, cello

See a video of the quartet during the recording session.

 

Found Gems of a Lost Composer
Antheil's Quartet Music:
A Survey of Its Critical Appraisal
By Mauro Piccinini
(excerpted from the liner notes)

If there is a musical counterpart to the writers of the lost Generation, it is surely George Antheil. The early musical career of this Trenton, New Jersey-born composer (1900-1959), captures the spirit of a whole generation of young American artists — deracinés who went abroad to complete their education, refine their tastes, live cheaply, and enjoy the far freer artistic and sexual milieu. For Antheil, this period (1922-1933) was marked by his friendship with famous literary and artistic figures — the left Bank expatriates Joyce, Hemingway, Pound, and William Carlos Williams, and the Right Bank intellectuals Cocteau, Satie, Breton, Aragon. Their fascination with this brilliant, irresistible, and tireless young American composer was primarily inspired by his peculiar music: a personal fusion of American jazz and Stravinsky's primitivism mixed with mechanical and percussive patterns...
                        

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Track list
Tracks 6, 10 & 14 link to streaming mp3 audio
 
Lithuanian Night (1922)
1
I. Moderato
2:14
2
II. Presto
1:12

Quartet No. 1 for Strings in one movement (1925)
3
Allegretto Allegro
14:24

Quartet No. 2 for Strings (original version, 1927)
world premiere recording
"For Sylvia Beach, with Love"
4
I. Larghetto: Allegro subito
7:48
5
II. Lento 4:02
6

III. Rondino scherzino-Allegro vivace

6:29
7
IV. Presto—Cadenza finale 1:03

Six Little Pieces for String Quartet (1931)
world premiere recording
"For Mary Louise Bok"
8
I. Moderato expressivo
1:12
9
II. Allegro 0:49
10
III. Andante 1:37
11
IV. Allegro 0:42
12
V. Vivo 0:43
13
VI. Adagio 2:36

Quartet No. 3 for Strings (1948)
14
5:30
15
II. Largo 5:12
16
III. Scherzo—Quasi presto 2:12
17
IV. Allegro giocoso 4:29