Andre Jolivet Rhapsody for Seven
Igor Stravinsky The Soldier's Tale
Fred Child, Narrator
Tim Brown, The Soldier
Garry Peters, The Devil
Addison Bull, The Princess
Jeff Hinkle, Stage Director
Libby Lovejoy, Choreographer
David Gipson, Lighting Designer
Erica Kiesewetter, violin; Brett Shurtliffe, double bass; Håkan Rosengren, clarinet; Kristin Wolfe
Jensen, bassoon; Lee Rogers, trombone; Tony Edwards and Philip Welder, percussion; Young Artist, trumpet;
Stefan Sanders, conductor.
Jolivet’s Rhapsody for Seven was commissioned in the 1950′s by an ensemble that was already scheduled to be touring Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale. Because Stravinsky’s work is only an hour, there was a need for an additional work on the program. Jolivet was happy to contribute the first half of the program scored naturally for the exact instrumentation of Stravinsky’s masterpiece. The work was premiered on November 13, 1959 at the Festival of Braunschweig.
The Soldier's Tale is a 1918 theatrical work "to be read, played, and danced" set to music by Igor Stravinsky. The libretto, which is based on a Russian folk tale, was written in French by the Swiss universalist writer C.F. Ramuz. It is a parable about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy. The music is scored for a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet (often played on trumpet), trombone, and percussion, and the story is told by three actors: the soldier, the devil, and a narrator. A dancer plays the non-speaking role of the princess. The piece was written for small ensemble to compensate for the lack of players due to World War I (since so many were enlisted in the armed services)
Located in historic Round Top, Texas, The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts and its sole project, the Round Top Festival Institute, were founded in 1971 by world-renowned concert pianist James Dick. Begun with a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square, the project is now an internationally acclaimed European-styled music institute for aspiring young musicians and distinguished faculty.