The one who hovered around Stravinsky

Large claims keep getting made for past composers who never fulfilled their early promise. Perhaps that’s all it was – early promise that lacked development potential, or an individual who lacked the edge of individuality.

My album of the week on may have been one such case (though his current performers play with passionate conviction). Click here to read.

tansman stravinsky

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  • I accidentally came across Tansman during a recording session in the seventies with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic and obviously this was a minor personality, jealous, nasty, and sycophantic to the conductor.

  • Many years I played his Variations on a Theme of Frescobaldi for strings. I remember it as a beautiful piece.

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