The Soldier’s Greed is inspired by the Faustian tale that one may find in L’Histoire du Soldat by Stravinsky. The work is constituted of four parts. The first and the last parts, as well as the second and the third, have a strong tonal and structural relation, i.e. they are built in mirror. The first part’s waltz in F major shows the naive happiness of our main character. He’s not aware of his luck and doesn’t understand that nothing could make him happier. In the second part in G minor, his mentality changes suddenly: he wants more than the happiness he owns. His greed increases and one may already hear the devil’s voice through the muted brass players. In the center of the work, he decides to sell his soul to the devil to obtain what he desires. Through a dialog which becomes more and more strained, our hero finally makes a deal with the devil.

In the third part in Bb major, the main character is convinced that he made the right choice and so we can hear a triumphant fanfare. However the devil laughs at him; here I tried to imitate a Stravinsky-like style to represent the devil’s victory. With the last part in D minor, the soldier suddenly realizes his mistake. He tries to escape his own damnation until the last second of the piece, but in vain.

The Soldier’s Greed has been composed for a group of musicians with very different musical skills. Therefore, the Full Score includes some simplified parts (for example 3rd Clarinet, 3rd Trumpet, 2nd alto saxophone, 2nd trombone or 3rd and 4th horns) as well as optional parts (such as 2nd oboe or 2nd euphonium).

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