The Jewish work of Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986)

A radio broadcast of the European Institute of Jewish Music, hosted by Hervé Roten

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI – TUESDAY MARCH 12, 2013, JUDAÏQUES FM (94.8), 21H05. Radio program in French


Born in Łódź on June 11th, 1897, in a bourgeois Jewish family, Alexandre Tansman was a composer, author of a gigantic collection comprising over 300 works, among which around 30 inspired by Jewish tradition.

 

Oratorios, cantatas with Biblical subjects, songs, rhapsodies, Hebrew suites and many prayers (psalms, Ma tovu, Kol nidrei, etc.) form a complex personality in which the composer takes his inspiration from a plural identity. Jewish, Polish, French, world citizen, Alexandre Tansman is a representative figure of the Jewish universalism which brought to the world so many thinkers, scholars and artists.

On the occasion of the release of his memoires : Alexandre Tansman, « Regards en arrière : Itinéraire d’un musicien cosmopolite au XXe siècle » published by the Editions Aedam Musicae, this broadcast will focus on the Jewish side of Tansman’s work.

With the participation of Mireille Tansman Zanuttini (daughter of the composer) and the musiclogist Cédric Segond-Genovesi.

herve_photo_retouche_fond_uni_bleu_500px.jpgOfficer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute of Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.

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