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Alexandre Tansman – Cavatina Suite, for guitar – Classical Archives
In many works, Tansman returned to his musical roots, drawing on his Jewish and Polish background to create some of his greatest works. Aleksander Tansman ; 12 June — 15 November was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of Jewish origin. Shortly after completing his studies, Cavqtina moved to Pariswhere his musical ideas were accepted and encouraged by mentors and musical influences Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravelas opposed to the more conservative musical climate in his native Poland.
Tansman was not only an internationally recognized composer, but was also a virtuoso pianist.
I find that modernizing a popular song spoils it. Many musicologists have said that Tansman’s music is written in the French neoclassical style of his adopted home, and the Polish styles of his birthplace, drawing on his Jewish heritage. During the last period of his life, he began to reestablish connections to Poland, though his career and family kept him in France, where he lived until his death in Paris in From —33, Tansman performed worldwide for audiences including Emperor Hirohito of Japan and Mahatma Gandhi ; he was regarded as one of the greatest Polish musicians.
InTansman fled Europe, as his Jewish background put him in danger with Hitler’s rise to power. Later he performed five concert tours in the United States, including as a soloist under Serge Koussevitsky with the Boston Symphony Orchestraas well as having a thriving career in France as a concert performer. Already on the edge of musical thought when he left Poland critics questioned his chromatic and sometimes polytonal writinghe adopted the extended harmonies of Ravel in his work and later was compared to Alexander Scriabin in his departure from conventional tonality.
Tansman later wrote a biography of Stravinsky that was extremely well received.
He moved to Los Angelesthanks to the efforts of his friend Charlie Chaplin in founding a committee visawhere he soon joined the circle of famous emigrated artists that included Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and others. One of Tansman’s letters states that “it is obvious that I owe much to France, but anyone who has ever heard my compositions cannot have doubt that I have been, am and forever will be a Polish composer.
Tansman wrote more than works, including 7 operas, 11 ballets, 6 oratorios, 80 orchestral pages with 9 symphoniesand numerous works of chamber music, among which are 8 string quartets, 8 concerti, about pages for piano, many pages for the radio, and many works for children.
Cavatina for guitar
In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Segovia frequently performed the work in recordings and on tour; it is today part of the standard repertoire. The composer wrote the following about his childhood and heritage in a letter to an American researcher:.
Tansman composed the score for at least three Hollywood movies: When Alexandre Tansman returned to Paris after the war, his European musical career started again all over Europe and he composed his main works, which were immediately played by the best orchestras and conductors.
His music is often said to be primarily neoclassicaldrawing on his Polish Jewish heritage as well as his French musical influences. Views Read Edit View history.
Alexandre Tansman – Cavatina for guitar
Tansman also composed scores for films made and released outside the United States. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Almost all his works have been now recorded on CDs.
However, he did not write straight settings of the folk songs themselves, as he states in a radio interview: One can consult his discography on his website: He spent his early years cavatona his native Poland, but lived in France for most of his life, being granted French citizenship in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.