Composer George Antheil, 53, onetime bad boy of modern music, no longer
scores compositions for mechanical pianos and fire sirens, and has
created no major musical scandal since his Ballet Méchanique nearly
panicked Carnegie Hall in 1927.* Instead, he has been quietly sitting
in his Los Angeles home, industriously turning out music that is
remarkably easy to listen to. Last week he was on hand for the opening
of his third opera, Volpone, in Manhattan's minuscule Cherry Lane
Patrons could see him. sitting in the front row, a small man who has a...
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