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TANSMAN, Alexandre
b Lodz, 12 June 1897

He studied music at the Lodz Conservatory from 1912 to 1914, and also law and philosophy at Warsaw University. In 1919 he went to Paris and befriended Ravel, Milhaud and Honegger. He made his first tour AS a pianist in 1927 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Koussevitzky, later touring extensively in Europe, Canada and Palestine. He began to conduct his own works, and from 1932 to 1933 travelled to the Far East. During World War II he lived in the USA, writing film music and giving concerts. He was awarded the Coolidge Medal in 1941, and returned to France in 1946.

1916 (19)

Symphony No 1

1922 (25)

Sextuor, ballet

1924 (27)


1925 (28)

Symphony No 2

La Nuit Kurde, opera (1925-7)

1926 (29)

Piano Concerto No 1

1927 (30)

Piano Concerto No 2

1928 (31)

Lumieres, ballet

1929 (32)

Le cercle éternel, ballet

1930 (33)

Triptych, for string orchestra

1931 (34)

Symphony No 3, Symphony Concertante (1931-2)

Concertino, for piano

1932 (35)

La Grande Ville, ballet

Two Symphonic Movements

1933 (36)

Partita for string orchestra

1936 (39)

Viola Concerto

Two Intermezzi

1937 (40)

Bric-a-Brac, ballet

Fantasy for violin

Fantasy for cello

1938 (41)

Le toison d'or, opera

Symphony No 4

1942 (45)

Symphony No 5

1943 (46)

Symphony No 6, In Memoriam

Symphonic études

1944 (47)

Symphony No 7

Le roi lui jouait le fou, ballet

Partita for piano and orchestra

1945 (48)

Concertino, for guitar and orchestra

1947 (50)

Isaiah the Prophet, for tenor, chorus and orchestra

Music for orchestra

1948 (51)

Music for strings

1949 (52)

Ricercari, for orchestra

Tombeau de Chopin, for strings

1950 (53)

Phedre, ballet

1951 (54)

Symphony No 8

1955 (58)

Le Sermant, opera

Capriccio, for orchestra

Concerto for orchestra

1961 (64)

Psalms, for tenor, chorus and orchestra

1962 (65)

Resurrection, for orchestra

Six Symphonic Studies for orchestra

1963 (66)

Six Movements for string orchestra

1964 (67)

Il usignolo di Boboli, opera

1966 (69)

Concertino, for oboe and chamber orchestra

1968 (71)

Four Movements for orchestra

1969 (72)

Concertino, for flute and chamber orchestra

Hommage a Erasme de Rotherdam, for orchestra

Diptyque, for orchestra

Hommage a Chopin, for guitar

1972 (75)

Stele (in memoriam Stravinsky), for voice and instruments

Variations on a theme of Skriabin, for guitar

1974 (77)

Georges Dandin, comic opera

1976 (79)

Elegie in memory of Darius Milhaud, for orchestra

1977 (80)

Musique a six, for clarinet, string quartet and piano

Tansman has also written many songs, chamber and piano works, and incidental music for theatre, cinema and radio.

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