Histoire du Soldat

I was not expecting to hear what I did, and after listening I hear what made it so interesting and groundbreaking when it comes to the performance of the percussion section. I did struggle to hear the percussion but it soo reeve,and itself in some glory as I moved along a the piece.

Starting off as a marching sound I fully expected this to be the case probably throughout the majority of the piece but it turned out that this was not the case. As Boulez had said this was a piece which was a major development I listened to the recording which he himself conducted.

I felt that the piece was beautifully constructed from start to finish and very unpredictable in nature which I liked. I am not sure if it was telling a story as I do not like to research a piece before I listen as that spoils the whole piece for me as you are guided to what you are hearing.

I thought that the percussion came into its element during Part 2 – The Royal March where I heard the drum beating a time which but it was a timing that was not what I was used to hearing. The drums were very loud and clear, but I didn’t hear a “march” as I would think would be sounding but something which sounded playful in parts with woodwind and brass. It worked but I loved the beating of the drum.

Moving through the percussion popped up when I least expected it and I found this intriguing. I did feel that in times the percussion was used as emphasis. There is something in this piece that draws you in but I do not know what that is that is drawing me in, maybe its unpredictability. It wast until I listed to Three Dances that I found the percussion all the more intriguing and of interest. The way that Tango, Waltz and Ragtime are presented is effective especially in Tango. The Devil’s Dance is particularly percussion heavy but I cannot identify individual instruments at this time.

The percussion has its starring role in Triumphant March of the Devil, where triumphant is indeed used to describe what is happening with the percussion. At one point I did think I heard bongos. The climax is a beautiful.

Now that I have listened to the piece I think it may do some good to investigate the piece and see how it is described as I would like to know how close I am to what my thoughts are.

The most comprehensive article I could find about this piece is actually on wikipedia – I don’t really want to know much more than the story behind the piece and I think this gives the right amount of information with links

Histoire du Soldat wikipedia page