Dave Soldier: Soldier Stories [Explicit Lyrics]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
An intriguing take on a lost format. Soldier Stories takes on the classic radio opera with references to contemporary issues built in slyly. The first half of the album consists of A Soldier's Story, a relatively new opera in combination with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. The underlying basis of the music is Stravinsky's "Histoire du Soldat," but with a substitute text by Kurt Vonnegut based on the story of Eddie Slovik, the only American soldier executed for cowardice since the Civil War. The text was further adapted by arranger/guitarist Dave Soldier to fit the operatic format, and to fit in with the addition of sometimes timely, sometimes playfully ironic newsreels...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
An intriguing take on a lost format. Soldier Stories takes on the classic radio opera with references to contemporary issues built in slyly. The first half of the album consists of A Soldier's Story, a relatively new opera in combination with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. The underlying basis of the music is Stravinsky's "Histoire du Soldat," but with a substitute text by Kurt Vonnegut based on the story of Eddie Slovik, the only American soldier executed for cowardice since the Civil War. The text was further adapted by arranger/guitarist Dave Soldier to fit the operatic format, and to fit in with the addition of sometimes timely, sometimes playfully ironic newsreels and commercial breaks. While the music veers widely from Stravinsky's score and tends toward a period style in most cases, the instrumentation is held the same as in Stravinsky's creation. In a twist of irony, the overbearing general though he has a change of heart midway is played by Vonnegut himself. As counterpoint to the story of one running from a fight, the second half of the album consists of an oratorio rendition of the "Apotheosis of John Brown," of one who was running to start a fight. Taken from selections of Frederick Douglass, the ensemble for this one takes a pizzicato form to mimic various Southern sounds. Ultimately here, the question is how far one can promote peace by the use of force. The tone however, is vastly more sober, with more martial chants, and soliloquies. There's an odd juxtaposition of happiness and anger on the album as a whole, but there's an overall theme of the horrors and more so, the insanity of war. At the same time, there's almost a quiet push for the necessity of war by choosing the abolition of slavery and stopping the Nazis as the background for the pieces. Probably not the intended message, but it's hidden in there nonetheless. Interesting musically primarily for taking up the radio opera after a long slumber.
Time Out New York - Molly Sheridan
Vintage-sounding radio ads and affected recording style, not to mention Vonnegut's caustic script [in Soldier Stories], make for a morbidly amusing presentation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Mulatta
  • UPC: 788572911817
  • Catalog Number: 10

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Soldier Primary Artist
Kurt Vonnegut , Spoken Word
Richard Auldon Clark Conductor
Napua Davoy Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Diana Emerson
Mark Feldman Violin
Erik Friedlander Cello
Wilbur Pauley Vocals,
Phil Schaap , Spoken Word
Laura Seaton Violin
Christopher Washburne Trombone
Jason White Tenor (Vocal)
Mary Wooten Cello
Rory Young Percussion
Jim Baker Percussion
Soye Kim Violin
Mary Lee Kortes Soprano (Vocal)
Kerry Meads Percussion
Oren Fader Guitar
William Sloat Double Bass
Mat Fieldes Double Bass
Chris Washburne Trombone
Jason White Tenor (Vocal)
Manhattan Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Karen Rostron Violin
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Dina Emerson
Kenneth Edwards Viola
Brad Siroky Trumpet
Jason White Tenor (Vocal)
Robbie McCauley Narrator
Jay Hassler Clarinet
Ron Lawrence Viola
Gary Schultheis Bassoon
Gilbert High Baritone
Brad Hougham
Gwendolyn Toth Harpsichord
Sue Lorentsen Violin
Karen Rostron Violin
Gary Schultheis Bassoon
Kenneth Edwards Cello
Kerry Meads Percussion
Brad Siroky Trumpet
Brad Hougham Vocals
Dina Emerson Vocals
Gilbert High Baritone (Vocal)
Robbie McCauley Spoken Word
Technical Credits
W.E.B. Dubois Liner Notes
Kurt Vonnegut Text
Richard Auldon Clark Text
David Soldier Composer, Producer, Text
Rory Young Producer, Engineering
Frederick Douglass Text
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