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Aleksander Tansman (1897-1986)
Happy Time, on s'amuse au piano - Ten Diversions for Young Pianist
AP0246 , DDD - TT: 58'42"
Copyright (R)2011, (C)2011
World Premiere Recording

  1. Happy Time, on s'amuse au piano (Szczęśliwy wiek, zabawa przy fortepianie) - Book 1-3
  2. Ten Diversions for The Young Pianis (Dziesięć utworów dla młodego pianisty)

Tyszecka Elżbieta, piano

booklet: Elżbieta Tyszecka (Polish, English)

Works for the children and teenagers hold a very important place within the output of Aleksander Tansman. He specified the purpose of writing these pieces in the following words: "I wanted to bridge the abysmal gap, for a very young pianist, between the school's methodical exercises and the real repertoire of the great masters. At least partially. What I had in mind was to overcome the stylistic, technical and aesthetic difficulties, (...) to construct a bridge between scales and exercises on the one hand and the whole repertory from Bach and Haendel until the present times on the other". The works written by the Polish composer were eagerly played by students of European (mostly French and Italian) and American schools of music. It is a shame that they made their way to Polish ones so late. They aroused interest among adult musicians as well and were frequently performed by them in their original guise (e.g. by the Italian pianist Gino Garini) or in transcriptions for other instruments.