March 2, 3 pm, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA Admission is FREE!
This is one of my favorite chamber ensemble pieces ever, and one of my favorites by Stravinsky—of course, what do I not like of Stravinsky’s!
Based on a Russian folk tale, the libretto relates the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for financial gain. (L’histoire premiered in 1918 in Lausanne, Switzerland.)
It’s scored for a septet: violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, and percussion, with dance and narration.
Performed by Boston Conservatory music and dance students; conducted by Russel Ger, pre-concert lecture by Elizabeth Seitz—all for free! 🙂
So come out and get educated about Igor and watch a performance of his L’histoire du Soldat (very Rite of Spring-ish, composed 1918)—”a theatrical piece to be played, read, played and danced”—and be home in time for the red-carpet event and the Oscars!! (It’s very Peter and the Wolf-ish too.)
Here’s info @ Wikipedia.
And here’s a link to a recording with narration of L’Histoire: