Alexandre Tansman


Birthday June 12, 1897

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace Poland

DEATH DATE Nov 15, 1986 (89)

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Virtuoso Polish-French pianist and neoclassical composer who was encouraged early on by Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel.

Before Fame

He studied music at the Łódź Conservatory and law at the University of Warsaw.


He composed the music for 'Flesh and Fantasy,' starring Barbara Stanwyck, and 'Paris Underground,' starring Constance Bennett and Gracie Fields, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

Family Life

He was born into a wealthy Jewish family in Poland. His father passed away when Tansman was young.

Associated With

He was able to escape Europe as Hitler's tyranny widened thanks to Charlie Chaplin, who managed to secure him a visa.