• George Antheil
  • A Jazz Symphony (1955 version) (1955)

  • Weintraub Music (World)
  • 1030/0330/perc/pf/str
  • 6 min 30 s
    • 20th March 2023, Nikolaisaal, Potsdam, Germany
    • 2nd April 2023, Konzerthalle "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach", Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
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Antheil’s Jazz Symphony was composed in 1925 on a commission from Paul Whiteman and premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1927.

Quoting Joplin and Stravinsky and calling upon the trumpeter to employ "all the tricks of the trade," Antheil creates a wholly original and inimitable musical score that once and for all marries jazz to the concert orchestra. Virtuosic piano solos look ahead to the post-bebop "free" jazz of the 60s.

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