Stravinsky – Histoire du Soldat

The Soldier’s Tale –  Histoire du Soldat.
Man, I love this piece. Truly a “Desert Island Disc” for me.

A Soldier’s Tale is my favourite from Stravinsky and not because it was originally narrated and often turned into cartoon animation.

I don’t exactly remember how I came across this piece, but for a long time I thought it was meant as an instrumental. It’s later on that I heard the version narrated by Cocteau with Peter Ustinov as the Devil. On a side note, I would mention also Frank Zappa’s fast and furious (and funny) version of the Royal March section in his live set, Make A Jazz Noise Here.

Why post this here? Let’s just say it could be filed under “Specimen13 Obscure Influences”.