Originally conceived as “a work to be read, played, and danced,” Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale is a Faustian story of a brave soldier, a violin, and a deal with the devil, brought to life here by guest narrator, Elvis Costello. The musical fable displays Stravinsky’s interest in dance music, brimming with tango, waltz, and ragtime. Capping off the program is John Adams’s controversial yet bright Grand Pianola Music.
San Francisco Symphony
Grand Pianola Music
The Soldier’s Tale
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