Ion Concert Media makes Ballet mécanique, one of the most challenging film / score pairings in the literature, more approachable for live ensembles! Written in 1924, the film and original score were not successfully paired in live performance until 1999 because there was no way to synchronize the film, electronic instruments and live music. Even after Paul Lehrman developed a system to make the sync happen, the original score remains a daunting logistical challenge for any ensemble wanting to perform it live. Adding Muséik to the mix eliminates several hassles and reduces the logistical stress of producing the film / score pairing.
In 1953 George Antheil was persuaded to write a simplified version of the score that calls for four pianos, four xylophones, two electric bells, two propellers, timpani, glockenspeil, and other percussion. Ion is proud to offer this version of the score through our Muséik software.
An excerpted version of the film is shown here. You may find complete versions of the 16′ work on the internet.
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|Antheil, George||Ballet Mécanique (1953 edition)||Chamber Ensemble||G. Schirmer|