Dave Soldier: Soldier Stories

Dave Soldier: Soldier Stories

by David Soldier

CD

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2005
Label: Mulatta
UPC: 0788572911817
catalogNumber: 10

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Soldier   Primary Artist
Kurt Vonnegut   Actor,Spoken Word
Richard Auldon Clark   Conductor
Napua Davoy   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Diana Emerson   Actor
Mark Feldman   Violin
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Wilbur Pauley   Vocals,Actor
Phil Schaap   Actor,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   Actor
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   Actor
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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