The Soldier's Tale Art Curriculum Guide
- Paint or draw a scene from the story. If you were to draw based on the sounds of Stravinsky's bold and dynamic composition, what colors would you use? What kind of strokes of the pen, marker or brush do you feel would express the music best? Her are some scenes: Soldier sitting in woods playing violin, Soldier with old woman, Solider at the castle.
- There are many paintings inspired by the Faust story. Study these and talk about them. Discuss color scheme, style, characters, mood, etc.
- Rembrandt's Faust sketch
- Four different Faust paintings here
- Explore this online poster exhibit. Using one of the themes found there, make your own WWI poster.
Stravinsky uses the music of three different dance forms in The Soldier's Tale. Let's learn a bit about them.
- The waltz is a dance form made most popular in the 19th century in Austria, though its roots go back to earlier German/Austrian dances in Mozart's time. It is always in 3 with a strong-weak-weak beat pattern. (See the discussion and links about "meter" in the Music section of the study)
- Johann Strauss was nicknamed "The Waltz King" because of his influence in this genre. Here are a few links to his music: Die Fledermaus waltz, Here is a notebooking page to record information, Blue Danube Waltz. Research more about Strauss and use this notebooking page to record your information.
- Ragtime is a unique American musical form/dance that had its roots in the marches of John Philipps Sousa and rhythms of African music. Ragtime had its peak at the beginning of the 20th century but continues to bring joy to listeners and performers today.
- Learn about Scott Joplin, who was a key composer of this style: Maple Leaf Rag (played by the composer) keep notes on this piece with this note booking page, The Entertainer (played by the composer).
- There are many variations of the Tango, though the original tango developed in Argentina and Uruguay in the late 19th century and has influences of dances of Europe and African ceremonial dances.
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