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Alexandre Tansman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6235

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains four 10" and four 16" intact studio recording disks; one 10" disk cracked; three 16" disks broken; two 16" disks shattered; one CD of studio recordings of the score for the 1943 film Flesh and Fantasy, composed by Alexander Tansman.


  • approximately 1943


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Alexander Tansman papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical/Historical note

Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986) was born in Lodz, in what is now Poland. He studied music at the Lodz Conservatory and received a law degree from the University of Warsaw. He moved to Paris, where he was mentored by Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel, and where he was associated with the Ecole de Paris. He fled Europe in 1941, settling in Los Angeles, where he met Arnold Schoenberg. While in the United States he composed the scores for several motion pictures, including Flesh and Fantasy and Paris Underground, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. After the war he returned to Paris, where he died in 1986.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

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Custodial History note

Recordings made at Universal Studios for use in the film Flesh and Fantasy. The recording disks were acquired by Scott MacQueen, who transferred the playable disks to CD. MacQueen then donated the disks and the CD to the repository.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Scott MacQueen; August 2008.


Arts and Communications.

Processing Information note

Processed; John N. Gillespie; 2012.

Register of the Alexander Tansman papers
Finding aid prepared by John N. Gillespie, 2012
May 2012
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States