Film, Video A Fiddler's Tale

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A Fiddler's Tale

Igor Stravinsky's iconic work L'Histoire du soldat is based on the eternal story of a young man who sells his soul to the devil, achieving fame and fortune, but losing everything when the devil calls in the debt. Wynton Marsalis' A Fiddler's Tale retains the outline of Stravinsky's scenario, but updates the action to the present for a parable involving the devil, corruption and the concept of shame in a remarkable collaboration with Stanley Crouch. Opening the program is Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Romance for Violin and Piano. This program brings together a wonderful lineup of leading musicians including members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and National Symphony Orchestra.

[00:22] Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Romance for Violin and Piano
[07:30] Igor Stravinsky: Suite from L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale)
[07:37] I. The Soldier's March
[09:13] II. Airs by a Stream
[11:53] III. Pastorale
[15:00] IV. The Royal March
[17:48 V. The Little Concert
[21:04] VI. Three Dances: Tango, Valse, Ragtime
[27:39] VII. The Devil's Dance
[29:08] VIII. Great Chorale
[32:34] IX. Triumphal March of the Devil
[34:56] Wynton Marsalis: A Fiddler's Tale, with text by Stanley Crouch
[37:22] I. Fiddler's March
[41:13] II. Fiddler's Soul
[49:18] Reprise 1 (Fiddler's March)
[54:30] Reprise 2 (Fiddler's March)
[57:46] III. Pastorale
[1:06:36] Fiddler's Soul Reprise
[1:12:05] IV. Happy March
[1:17:51] V. Little Concert Piece
[1:21:39] VI. Tango
[1:24:27] VII. Waltz
[1:27:16] VIII. Ragtime
[1:29:56] IX. Devil's Dance
[1:33:02] X. Little Chorale
[1:33:50] XI. BZB Speaks
[1:34:45] XII. The Great Chorale
[1:42:43] XIII. The Blues on Top

Event Date
October 08, 2021
Running Time
1 hours 45 minutes 7 seconds
Online Format
online text

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