Bach to the future with war-related musical event

August 16, 2013 by  

At the upcoming Bach’s Lunch Concert, the Symphony New Hampshire Chamber Players Septet will perform the renowned Stravinsky’s ‘L’Histoire du Soldat’, accompanied by narration.

This is the story of a youthful soldier during World War I who exchanges his beloved violin with the devil to obtain a sought-after book predicting what the world’s economy will be like in the future. This story was written in 1918 and was created at a time when jazz was just beginning to become popular mainstream music.

The event is being sponsored by the Moses Hunt Trust Fund, the Nashua Public Library, and the Ira F. Harris Trust Fund – all of which will no doubt be turning to print companies to get their names out in time for the show. The concert is appropriate for children over the age of five.

Stravinsky’s style of music during this period featured pared down instrumentation, rhythm, and melody, and this allows ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ to be told using only seven instruments. During this performance, a princess, and the soldier, the devil, and an unseen reader narrate. CDs will be available for purchase.

This is a free concert and opens to everyone. It will be performed on Wednesday, August 21, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Nashua Public Library, music/art/media wing, located at 2 Court Street in Nashua, New Hampshire. To find out more about this performance, please visit the Nashua Public Library website or call during normal hours.

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