The concert containing Paul Lehrman's 16-Disklavier version of
Antheil's Ballet Mechanique should be an interesting event, and with
free admission it's good value too! If I was about 3000 miles closer
to Boston I'd definitely be there.
I had the opportunity to talk with Paul Lehrman at the AMICA convention
when he gave a presentation on his project. I'm sure his work is very
thorough and well-researched, and that the concert will be well worth
listening to, if you care for that sort of thing. It's not mainstream
material, that's for sure, but the sheer verve and intellectual drive
behind the music is of interest in itself.
The web site at http://www.antheil.org/ contains some fascinating stuff
and is very nicely presented.
I have to say if I was doing this and had the option of 4 or 16
pianolas, I'd choose 16 as well. Why not? Much more fun.
[ Paul Lehrman's web site, http://www.antheil.org/ , says that
[ the piece will be presented in the Concert Hall at the University
[ of Massachusetts, Lowell MA, on Thurday, November 18, 1999.
[ Yamaha will provide 16 (sixteen!) Disklavier reproducing pianos
[ for the free concert. Other pieces for multiple player pianos
[ will also be performed, including works by Paul Lehrman, Conlon
[ Nancarrow, and Richard Grayson. -- Robbie