Chamber Made Modern

Associate Conductor Jamie Arrowsmith leads the Sudbury Symphony Chamber Ensemble in a spirited performance of Stravinsky’s “Histoire de Soldat” and Copland is renowned “Appalachian Spring” accompanied by video. This performance is a dramatic introduction to our newest venue.

PROGRAM

L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDÂT …………………………………….. I. Stravinsky 1882-1971

INTERMISSION

APPALACHIAN SPRING ……………………………………… A. Copland 1900-1990

HISTOIRE DE SOLDAT

First composed as a work for puppet theatre Stravinsky’s 1918 work “Histoire du soldat” is a down-to-earth Faustian tale of a soldier and fiddler who sells his soul to the devil for riches. Stravinsky told the New York Times that it’s composition, and the instrumentation of the work was copied from jazz ensembles. The combination of violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, bassoon, bass and percussion strongly resembles the makeup of a Creole band. Histoire, though, will remain a Russian émigré’s dream of jazz, rather than a reflection of the real thing. Still, there is genius in his assembling of a fantasy world from scraps of evidence, and Histoire has long stood the test of time.

APPALACHIAN SPRING

Copland was given the idea to compose the ballet Appalachian Spring by renowned choreographer Martha Graham, who was looking for a piece that would use her athletic style of modern dance to create a mythic picture of life on the American Frontier. Like so many of Copland’s works Appalachian Spring offers images of an ideal nation, the American that could have been. Among it’s most famous themes are the sketches based upon the Shaker Hymn “Simple Gifts” whose word’s spell out the aesthetic of the work “When true simplicity is gained, to bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed.”