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Archive for June 3, 2014

Strauss Rarity on the Tuesday Night Opera

Strauss

On the next Tuesday Night Opera, hear a rarity by Richard Strauss from 1936: Friedenstag or Peace Day. It’s a one-act opera composed by the 72-year-old Strauss. The story takes place in a besieged castle at the end of the 30 Years War. The Catholics and the Protestants are battling it out.

Murder by Numbers

Soldat

It’s a strange story. Igor Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale feels like the popular AMC TV series The Walking Dead in that the protagonist wanders the countryside, people go missing, everyone’s a stranger – in fact it really was like that in parts of Europe at the end of World War I (zombies excepted). That was the backdrop for Stravinsky’s little road show, L’histoire du soldat (1918). It was conceived as a portable theater piece “to be read, played, and danced” in villages around Switzerland.