Bok's reduction of his stipend by 50 percent though George Antheil often responded to requests to fund specific aspects of his concerts. " Much to the amusement of the audience the untested siren failed to sound on cue despite frantic cranking and reached its climax only after the end of the performance as the audience were clapping and leaving the hall. Despite the initial enthusiasm of the U.
George Antheil (July 8 1900 – February 12 1959) 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. He wrote magazine articles (one accurately predicted the development and outcome of World War II) an autobiography a mystery novel newspaper and music columns. A man of diverse interests and talents Antheil was constantly reinventing himself.