His parents were both natives of Pinsk — his father Moishe Mowsza Tancman died when Alexandre was 10 and his mother Chana Tancman nee Hurwicz, — reared him and his older sister Teresa born in alone. My father died very young, and there were certainly two, or more branches of the family, as ours was quite wealthy: we had in Lodz several domestics, two governesses French and German living with us etc. My father had a sister who settled in Israel and married there. I met her family on my [concert] tours in Israel. My family was, as far as religion is concerned, quite liberal, not practicing.
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You can see the whole set of variations performed below by Marcin Dylla and Karmen Stendler. His compositions include operas, ballets, nine symphonies, concertos, film scores, vocal and chamber music and works for piano and other solo instruments.
In the s and s he toured the United States, Europe, the Middle East and India, appearing as the soloist in his own piano concertos. He became a French citizen in but the war forced him to move to the United States where he established close friendships with composers such as Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Milhaud.
He returned to France in Variations on a Theme of Scriabin, dedicated to Segovia, was written in The theme, Prelude, Op. Celesta Publishing Co. This melody has a haunting quality with poignant accompanying chord progressions, though Tansman has at certain points reworked the original harmonization of the theme. The composition has six variations, the first being a transference of the theme to the bass line, with an accompaniment in the treble. III is a virtuosic Vivo episode in semiquavers.
IV changes the tonality and explores some ingenious harmonic modulations. The last variation is fugal, a contrapuntal working out of the melodic implications, which gives way to a final, slightly modified, gentle statement of the theme itself. Share this page with friends.
Variations on a theme of Scriabin, for guitar
Variations on a Theme of Scriabin by Tansman