George Antheil: Ballet Mecanique: For Pianola Solo and Percussion Ensemble

/…/ an elaborate sacrifice is dramatized in the closing moments of the Ballet Mecanique when, after a fiendish cadenza, the pianola breaks down. The machine stutters, becomes stuck on a single phrase … a trill and leaping clusters. And as the machine expires Antheil introduces increasingly longer silences, according to Slonimsky, the first time in the history of western music that silence is used as an integral part of a musical composition.

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