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Yale School of Music, Yale School of Drama present Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’
NEW HAVEN » Igor Stravinsky’s darkly comic “The Soldier’s Tale” is a real standard, says David Shifrin, artistic director of Yale in New York concert series. But a new version, to be performed Tuesday at Yale’s Morse Recital Hall and April 6 at Carnegie Hall, promises to be something pretty special.
“It’s very rarely done in the way that reflects its original traveling, theatrical, musical troupe beginnings,” Shifrin said in a phone chat Tuesday from a Vancouver, B.C., hotel room where he was on a Lincoln Center tour. “I’ve played this so many times in my career, but never in a production with this kind of depth.”
Stravinsky wrote “The Soldier’s Tale,” in reaction to World War I, as an inexpensive, portable production like ones from provincial fairs of his childhood. It’s the bittersweet story of a soldier’s thwarted homecoming at the hands of The Devil. Stravinsky put together a troupe of musicians and actors, Shifrin said, “and wrote in a language that was really quite, musically speaking, unique at the time. Part jazz band, part modernist.”
Now, 100 years after the start of the war, this production will mark one of the largest collaborations between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama. It brings together School of Music faculty and student musicians with the YSD faculty, student and alumni designers, actors and technicians.