George Antheil: La Femme 100 Têtes
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL502     Release Date: 2010-02-15

David Albee, piano

Notes by Charles Amirkhanian

On September 20, 1933, at the Second Yaddo Festival of Contemporary Music in Saratoga Springs, New York, composer George Antheil gave the world premiere of his La Femme 100 Têtes preludes. He had composed the music in the southern French coastal town of Cagnes-sur- Mer near Nice on the Riviera, in the Winter of 1932–33. He had lived there with his Hungarian wife, Böske, since June of 1932 on a Guggenheim Fellowship which thankfully had rescued him from the brink of financial collapse and had returned the couple to their commonly-adopted country after a brief interlude in the U.S.

This unusual set of visionary etudes, inspired by La Femme 100 Têtes, a book of collaged etchings assembled by the surrealist painter Max Ernst from their original sources in volumes of nineteenth-century picture storybooks, and each given subtitles with hauntingly suggestive overtones, typifies Antheil’s music during what the composer himself referred to as his earlier “mechanistic” period (1922–25).

In a letter written September 7, 1933, from the composer’s hometown in New Jersey to Mr. Henry Allen Moe, the longtime custodian of the Guggenheim program, Antheil refers to these preludes as “short, terse and steely”—representing “the subconscious and strange feelings of my childhood in Trenton.” (Shades of Jack Duluoz, the young protagonist in Dr. Sax, Jack Kerouac’s novel of intense autobiographical reminiscence, centered on his adolescence in industrial Lowell, Massachusetts.)...


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Track Listing

La Femme 100 Têtes: I. Thoughtfully, Not Too Slow
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George Antheil: II. Thoughtfully, Not Too Slow
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La Femme 100 Têtes: III. Faintly Energetic
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La Femme 100 Têtes: IV. Floating
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La Femme 100 Têtes: V. Furioso
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La Femme 100 Têtes: VI. Floating
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La Femme 100 Têtes: VII. Sad
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La Femme 100 Têtes: VIII. Electrical, Spiccato
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La Femme 100 Têtes: IX. Sad
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La Femme 100 Têtes: : Slightly Brutal tempo
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XI. Bawdy; Ferocious tempo
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XII. Brilliant; Clean, Fast
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XIII. Nostalgic, Twisted, Slowly
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XIV. Brilliant, Fast, Tricky
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XV. Slowly
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XVI. Lights Flashing
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XVII. Brilliant
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XVIII. Banged, an Even Forte Throughout
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XIX. Fast, an Even Piano Throughout
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XX. Faster
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXI. Slower
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXII. Faster, an Even Fortissimo Throughout
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXIII. Well Articulated
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXIV. Slowly
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXV. Minuet ?
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXVI. Onward Christian Soldiers
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXVII. Dreaming Thoughtfully
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXVIII. Knocked and Brilliant
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXIX. Nostalgic, Slowly
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXX. Brilliant
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXXI. Not Too Slow: Fairly Good Tempo
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXXII. Sad
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXXIII. Mystic Tempo
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXXIV. Brilliant
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXXV. Furioso
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXXVI. Glittering, Fast
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXXVII. Subtle, Tender
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXVIII. Broad
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XXXIX: Brilliant and Naked
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XL: Nostalgic
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XLI: Brilliant
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XLIII: Brilliant, Not Too Fast
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XLIV: A Machine
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La Femme 100 Têtes: XLV: Cruel, Quick
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La Femme 100 Têtes: Percussion Dance
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