George Antheil

Composer

1900 – 1959

77 Views

Who was George Antheil?

George Antheil was an American avant-garde composer, pianist, author and inventor whose modernist musical compositions explored the modern sounds – musical, industrial, mechanical – of the early 20th century.

Spending much of the 1920s in Europe, Antheil returned to the US in the 1930s, and thereafter spent much of his time composing music for films and, eventually, television. As a result of this work, his style became more tonal. A man of diverse interests and talents, Antheil was constantly reinventing himself. He wrote magazine articles, an autobiography, a mystery novel, newspaper and music columns. In 1941 he co-patented a "Secret Communications System" with actress Hedy Lamarr that used a code to synchronise random frequencies, referred to as frequency hopping, with a receiver and transmitter. This technique, which is now known as spread spectrum, is now widely used in telecommunications.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Born
Jul 8, 1900
Trenton
Also known as
  • Antheil, George
  • Bad Boy of Music
  • Georg Carl Johann Antheil
  • Georg Johann Carl Antheil
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Lutheranism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Trenton Central High School
    ( - 1918)
Lived in
  • New York City
    ( - 1959/02/12)
Died
Feb 12, 1959
New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"George Antheil." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 8 Dec. 2021. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/george_antheil>.

Discuss this George Antheil biography with the community:

0 Comments


    Browse Biographies.net