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The Soldier's Tale

Sunday

28.11.2021

11:00 — Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

musique sur rhône

programme

Linda Bärlund
violon

Adrien Gaubert
contrebasse

Camillo Battistello
clarinette

Vincent Godel
bassoon

Laurent Fabre
trumpet

Vincent Métrailler
trombone

Michael Tschamper
percussion

Antoine Courvoisier
narrateur

Igor StravinskY

L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), a musical story based on the text by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz


the music

Concert in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky's death

A work which has since become legendary in our region for numerous reasons, The Soldier's Tale was premiered in Lausanne in 1918 and conducted by Ernest Ansermet. The musicians playing at this concert would soon become part of the OSR, which was founded only a few weeks later.

The story of this soldier, a deserter marked by the Faustian myth, forever embodies the friendship that bound Stravinsky, Ramuz and Ansermet together at the time. At the same time it underlines the precariousness of an era marked by the First World War and the Spanish flu pandemic, which claimed between 20 and 50 million lives worldwide and 25,000 in Switzerland alone.

After the gigantism of The Rite of Spring and before his long neo-classical period, Stravinsky experimented with minimalism, using of seven musicians to represent all the families of the symphony orchestra; strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. The music reflects the trends of the time with the use of early jazz, tango, and the caricature of protestant chorales. As for the story itself, it comes from a Russian tale told by Stravinsky to Ramuz who transported it to the Vaud countryside somewhere between Denges and Denezy...



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