Tansman Sonatine for Flute and Piano


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Tansman Sonatine for Flute and Piano

Tansman Sonatine for Flute and Piano

Flute or violin and piano
Publisher-Salabert Editions

Alexander Tansman

Alexander Tansman (1897-1986) was a Polish composer, pianist, and conductor known for his virtuosity and neoclassical style. He performed in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall and Salle Pleyel as a pianist. Tansman’s compositions were championed by conductors such as Toscanini and Koussevitzky.

He began his musical journey in Poland, winning the first composers’ competition and later moving to Paris, where he flourished under the influence of Ravel and Stravinsky. His music, characterized by poetic genius and Latin culture, was often performed alongside works by esteemed composers.

In 1938, Tansman became a French citizen, escaping Europe due to his Jewish background and Hitler’s rise. He settled in Los Angeles, befriending eminent artists and contributing to Hollywood movie scores. His return to Paris in the 1940s revived his musical career, and his compositions were performed extensively across Europe.

Tansman collaborated with notable choreographers and earned awards, including the Hector Berlioz Prize and the highest Commander grade of the Order of the Arts and the Letters. His legacy continues through the Alexander Tansman International Festival and Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz.

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s 4th Symphony, named Tansman Episodes, paid tribute to the composer’s memory by using musical letters from “Aleksander Tansman” to create the theme. Tansman’s contributions to music and culture endure, leaving a lasting impact on classical music.


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