Inside Pitch: The Soldier’s Tale, A Time of Crisis With David Serkin Ludwig

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The time in Europe just following the First World War was a period of great rearrangement of society and a renegotiation of relationship with authority. As composing for orchestras became impractical due to the economic disasters of the war, Stravinsky wrote L’Histoire du soldat, a cross-disciplinary work that used a mixed chamber ensemble and narrator. His plans for a European tour were curtailed by the Spanish Flu of 1918, but the piece remains an ever popular one, and an example of a composer responding to the challenges of his time with a highly flexible and entertaining work. This Inside Pitch will explore the many facets of The Soldier’s Tale, from the history of its composition and first performance, to its folktale text and decidedly international musical forms.

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