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LITTLE, D.T.: Soldiers Songs [Opera] (Moore, Newspeak, Reynolds)

LITTLE, D.T.: Soldiers Songs [Opera] (Moore, Newspeak, Reynolds)

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Reynolds, Todd


Todd Reynolds

Soloist

David Moore

Soloist

Newspeak



Record Label
Innova

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 52:33
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Soldiers Songs

 
1 Prelude 4:15
 Todd Reynolds Soloist
2 Part I, Child: Real American Heroes 2:31
 David Moore Soloist
3 Part I, Child: Boom! Bang! Dead! (Rated "T" for Teen) 2:48
 David Moore Soloist
4 Part I, Child: Counting The Days (for Gene Little) 3:59
 David Moore Soloist
5 Part II, Warrior: Still Life with Tank and iPod 2:18
 David Moore Soloist
6 Part II, Warrior: Old Friends with Large Weapons (for Michael Lear) 2:10
 David Moore Soloist
7 Part II, Warrior: Hollywood Ending (for Justen Bennett) 3:21
 Todd Reynolds Soloist
8 Part II, Warrior: Steel Rain 4:31
 David Moore Soloist
9 Part III, Elder: Introduction - Hunting Emmanuel Goldstein - Every Town has a Wall 4:10
 David Moore Soloist
10 Part III, Elder: Two Marines 7:42
 David Moore Soloist
11 Part III, Elder: War After War 13:24
 David Moore Soloist
12 Part III, Coda: The Closed Mouth Speaks 1:24
 David Moore Soloist
 Reynolds, Todd


David T. Little’s Soldier Songs is an evening-length opera-theatre work exploring the perceptions versus the realities of war through the eyes of an abstract character, the soldier.  Based on interviews with veterans of five wars conducted by the composer, Soldier Songs traces the path of the soldier through three phases of life—Youth (playing war games) Warrior (time served in the military) and Elder (aged, wise, reflective).  It is an unflinching statement, exploring the loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of ever truly expressing or representing the truth of war.  
 
Produced by Lawson White and featuring frequent collaborators David Adam Moore, Todd Reynolds and Little’s crack ensemble Newspeak, Soldier Songs asks tough questions and tells tough stories through its driving music and its poignant libretto.  Approached as album, rather than a document of live performance, Soldier Songs is a moving and personal experience that leaves no one untouched.
 
Soldier Songs was commissioned by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, who premiered the original version of the work in 2006 conducted by Brett Mitchell and directed by Kevin Noe.  The version of the work presented on this recording was completed for the Beth Morrison Projects production, and premiered at the 2011 International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, conducted by Todd Reynolds and directed by Yuval Sharon. The fully-staged New York City premiere of the work took place at the PROTOTYPE Festival in January, 2013.
“ ...starkly eloquent ... Soldier Songs deals in realities that defy representation.” 
 
Marion Lignana Rosenberg - Time Out New York

“Soldier Songs is not a loosely connected cycle, but a dramatic, theatrical solo cantata that builds to a heartrending climax… With each of the 11 songs as gripping as the last…(it is) a glowing paean to peace activism.” 
 
Eric Haines - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Soldier Songs”—a theatrical cantata for solo baritone composed by David T. Little, who grew up listening to heavy metal, classical music and musical theater—also had a military theme, with driven, slashing figures juxtaposed with moments of melodic calm. The work, based on interviews with soldiers, opens with audio interviews with Vietnam veterans, and the libretto (written by Mr. Little) is based on their recollections.”
 
Vivien Schweitzer - The New York Times - 13 May 2008

“[Soldier Songs] has a rock-infused rhythmic vitality and melodic inventiveness that keep the audience perpetually off-balance…” 
 
Heidi Waleson -  Wall Street Journal



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