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A Soldier’s Return

  • Fitters' Workshop 11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston, ACT, 2604 Australia (map)

Concert 17

 In 1918 Stravinsky turned the folk story of a soldier trading his violin with the devil into The Soldier’s Tale, “to be read, played and danced”. In a most unsentimental fashion, this 60-minute musical play marks the end of four horrible years whilst hinting at the enduring human capacity to make a pact with the devil. Millions had lost their lives. Few soldiers returning from the battlefield in 1918 would have been unaffected, physically or mentally. One hundred years later, the effects of PTSD are the subject of medical research and broader community awareness. This new project of Canberra Wind Symphony is the direct result of working with servicemen and women returning from the theatre of war in various parts around the globe.


Peter Meechan b. 1980: Letters for Home (2014):
(i) The Bittersweet Love Song
(ii) The Trench
(iii) In Memory

Jodie Blackshaw b. 1971: The Bitter and the Sweet (WP)

David R. Holsinger b. 1945: In the Spring, at the time when Kings go off to war (1988)

Samuel R. Hazo b. 1966: Chorus Angelorum (2009)

James Barnes b. 1949: Lonely Beach (1992)

Poems  (in order of reading):

Bec Lally, RAN: All for the price of your worthless self
Phil Courtney, RAAF:  Haiku
Elissa Croker, RAAF:  Six Human Emotions
Heath Schofield, Australian Army:  Not My Choice
Brad Mackay, Australian Army:  My Kabul Job
Scott Grainger, Australian Army:  Declaration
Heath Schofield, Australian Army:  Edge of the World


Igor Stravinsky 1882-1971 - L’histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) (1918)


Canberra Wind Symphony directed by Geoff Grey
Tim Fain, violin
Jacqueline Dossor, double bass
Fletcher Cox, trumpet
Nigel Crocker, trombone
Magdalenna Krstevska, clarinet
Ben Hoadley, bassoon
Claire Edwardes, percussion
Paul English, narrator

ADULT $69, CONC. $64, U30 $30, U18 $25, STUDENT RUSH $25

This concert generously supported by Gail Ford.

Earlier Event: May 4
Later Event: May 5
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