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Soldier's Tale

Curtis On Tour:
L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale)

Featured Performers

Program

  • PENDERECKI: Duo Concertante for violin and double bass

  • VIET CUONG: Well-Groomed for solo snare drum

  • POULENC: Sonata for clarinet and bassoon

  • STRAVINSKY: L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)

A thrilling tale of trickery and magic, Igor Stravinsky’s famed L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) comes to life through an ensemble of musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music.

“One of the world’s leading music academies” (BBC Culture), Curtis’s performers team up with beloved actor and narrator John de Lancie, who voices the characters; award-winning performer David Shifrin (Clarinet ’71); and prominent recitalist Soovin Kim (Violin ’99) to tell this story of a soldier who learns that greed leads to ruin.

Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’Histoire du soldat) is regarded as one of the most important and influential chamber works of the early twentieth century. It is the story of a soldier, on leave from the army, who trades his old violin for a magic book that can tell the future and make him rich. He soon discovers, however, that he has made a deal with the devil and that money does not bring happiness.

Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.

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