Concerts / L’Histoire du soldat: À l’occasion du 100e anniversaire de sa composition

  • March 3, 2017
    9:00 pm
5e salle — Place des Arts
175, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Works by Hétu, Stravinsky.

This concert presents a unique performance for narrator, actors and dancers with video, accompanied by an instrumental septet consisting of five live instrumentalists and two (double bass and percussion) pre-recorded. Added to this is the animated film Les 100 ans du Soldat produced by Jérôme and René Bosc.

Igor Stravinsky recounted: “The idea for L’histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) came to me to me during the spring of 1917. From the outset of the war I often intended to compose a theatrical work with a simple, easily understood plot for a travelling theatre (…) which could, according to the number of performers, tour Swiss villages. Despite the neutrality of the work, it was implied that our soldier was the victim of the world conflict of the period. The L’histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) is my sole work with a contemporary allusion.”


  • Narrator: Marie Stravinsky
  • Soldier: Nicolas K. Stravinsky
  • Devil: Luigi Maio
  • Devil (young girl): Alexandra K. Stravinsky
  • Princess: Sarah Brannens
  • Soldier’s comrade: Walter Boudreau
  • King: Emmanuel Djob
  • Secretary: Fanny Houillon

Pre-recorded musicians:

  • Heiner Scob, double bass
  • Rainer Scob, percussion



  • Jacques Hétu, Variations, op 11 (1967)
  • Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, L’Histoire du soldat (1917) (Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, libretto)
    three actors, violin, double bass, bassoon, cornet, trombone, clarinet, and percussion
    With screening of the film Les 100 ans du Soldat by Jérôme Bosc & René Bosc
    • 1. Marche du Soldat
    • 2. Musique de la première scène
    • 3. Musique de la deuxième scène
    • 4. Musique de la troisième scène
    • 5. Marche du Soldat
    • 6. Marche Royale
    • 7. Petit concert
    • 8. Trois danses: Tango, Valse, Ragtime
    • 9. Danse du Diable
    • 10. Petit choral
    • 11. Couplet du Diable
    • 12. Grand choral
    • 13. Marche triomphale du Diable

Production SMCQ, in collaboration with the Fondation Igor Stravinsky (Geneva, Switzerland)