Music: Peevish Opera

Three years ago George Antheil, Trenton (N. J.)-born composer arrived home from Paris, presented in Manhattan a program of his works which included Ballet Méchanique, scored for ten pianos, xylophones, rattles and whistles. Ballet Méchanique had a frosty reception. Critics hooted and Composer Antheil returned immediately to the land which he said understood him better. Yet even Europeans failed him last week at the premiere in Frankfort of his opera Transatlantic or The People's Choice. The scene is a hectic, cocktail-mad Manhattan; the hero a politician who beats his way up from the...

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