Spring Concert-Lecture on Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat
March 2, 2014
Featuring Igor Stravinsky’s "L’histoire du soldat," Dr. Elizabeth Seitz and Russel Ger with the Boston Conservatory music students will explore the exciting and controversial work by Stravinsky. The libretto relates the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for financial gain. Premiered in 1918 in Lausanne, Switzerland, the story is based on a Russian folk tale (The Runaway Soldier and the Devil) and the libretto was written by Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz. The piece is scored for a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone and percussion with dance and narration.
Elizabeth Seitz received a Ph.D in Musicology from Boston University. She is on the faculty of Boston Conservatory, where she teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in musicology. Her specialties are turn-of-the-century German Post-Romanticism and Impressionism. Russell Ger is a native of Australia, and holds degrees from the University of new South Wales and the Boston Conservatory. Active as a conductor in Australia and the United States, Mr. Ger can be found both on the concert stage as well as conducting opera.
Free, no tickets required.