4 May 2018
In 1918 Stravinsky turned the folk story of a soldier trading his violin with the devil into The Soldier’s Tale, “to be read, played and danced”. In a most unsentimental fashion, this 60-minute musical play marks the end of four horrible years whilst hinting at the enduring human capacity to make a pact with the devil. Millions had lost their lives. Few soldiers returning from the battlefield in 1918 would have been unaffected, physically or mentally. One hundred years later, the effects of PTSD are the subject of medical research and broader community awareness. This new project of Canberra Wind Symphony is the direct result of working with servicemen and women returning from the theatre of war in various parts around the globe.
Jodie Blackshaw, The Bitter and the Sweet (WP)
Igor Stravinsky, The Soldier’s Tale – L’Histoire du soldat (1918)