Again, the Evil One appears. He sees the tongs and asks what it is for. The soldier explains it was a tool to straighten crooked fingers. He had been taken into employment by the king as a violin teacher, but had to straighten the musicians fingers first, as they were all crooked, like those of his guest.
The devil looks at his crooked fingers and believes it is for this reason he still cannot play the violin. He calls the soldier brother and asks him to straighten his fingers. The devil begs to be freed and promises not to come nearer the Palace than about 30 werst approx. The soldier however does not leave off his beating. The devil makes his escape and his parting words to the soldier are that he would yet get him, even if he married the Princess. As soon as he would put more than 30 werst between himself and the town, he would come and fetch him away. After many years he — while taking a walk in the castle grounds with his wife — comments on the beauty of the gardens.
His wife thereupon tells him of another, much more beautiful garden 30 werst outside town. They go to see it in a carriage. The soldier has hardly set foot on the ground outside the carriage, when the Evil One appears. Had he forgotten his words, is the question he puts to the former soldier. The soldier remains calm. It seemed to be his fate after all, he replies. Could he say farewell to his wife at least? The devil permits this but urges him to hurry. The ending of the tale leaves everything open — the story does not really end, it breaks off.
In the original only the soldier descends from the carriage, not the queen, and the carriage is standing on the border, as the garden begins exactly 30 werst outside of the town. What would happen if he, by pretending to say good-bye to his wife, remounts the carriage and retreats back from the banned area? Why should the devil win in just this of all stories, when he has already behaved clumsily and acted stupidly as in the drinking scene and is quite obviously no match for the clever soldier who has learnt a lot from him!
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By introducing his dream or vision Strawinsky also bestowed upon the piece a metaphysical aspect. Only beings having a soul can play the violin. The soldier, however, has sold his soul for money, without yet knowing to whom. He becomes rich and powerful but loses his self in the process. He therefore cannot cure the Princess, whose illness is lack of love.
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He needs his violin. But the devil has taken possession of it.
The reader, his only real friend in this version of the tale, tells him about himself. As long as he still owns money from the sale of his soul, he cannot retrieve his violin. He must not even give away the money as an act of charity or of desperation, but must lose it and become as poor as he was before. The action must be rolled up backwards.
There is only one way in which to achieve this which moreover seems to suit the Russian mentality, namely by gambling, which from a Christian point of view always entails a meeting with the devil, no matter which way the story ends. Thus the soldier loses all his money which has made him rich but brought him nothing else. With each win, however, the devil loses and the soldier may take the violin away from him, once he is in a drunken stupor. By playing for the sick Princess, the soldier may breathe soul into her by means of the soul of the violin, thus bringing her back to life.
The devil on the other hand cannot bear living souls, and is forced into a kind of convulsive dance when the soldier plays for him trying to ward off his attempts at stealing his soul anew.
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Thus the story ends. The devil may instal as many border posts as he likes, he will achieve nothing. Crossing a border is an act of the free will, borne out by rational action. The turn in the story towards a tragic ending did not come as a surprise to the modern literary world of pre-war Europe. The soldier is quite contented with his existence as Prince Consort. All he wants to do is to embrace his wife.
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The Princess, however, refuses herself to him as long as he does not agree to their joint return to the past. The soldier has no choice left: If he goes, hell awaits him, which is to say, a life without love. If he does not go, his wife will turn away from him. Both of them leave together, but really only the soldier crosses the border markings, while his wife remains standing at a safe distance; she does not follow the soldier even when he beckons her to him. Here the catastrophe sets in. The soldier is again betrayed.
His wife has, for whatever reason, sent him straight to hell. Despite the fact that he has freed himself from the fangs of evil in the past, he does not want to go on. He is beyond caring about which side of the border post he may find himself. And if one is willing to identify the soul of the soldier with the violin now in possession of the devil, it evidently makes scenic sense.
Strawinsky refused a translation into English when he detected Anglo-Saxon sentimental and moralistic undertones. The teaching of reason says that a human being may not return to the past nor run ahead to a future without leaving his present, thereby forfeiting it.
Viewed thus, both author and composer complemented each other in an artistically stringent work which met with great success.
In a letter dated 20 th August he remarks with unusual sharpness on the fact that his work on the piece was in no way restricted to the composition of the music, but had also had a determinable effect on the scenarium. Without his — i. Construction: The stage work consists of two series of independent yet interrelated spoken scenes and thirteen musical scenes individually lettered and with the exception of numbers 10 and 11 individually figured but not numbered with the march scene repeated several time [ 1. Szene — Music to scene I; [ 3.
Szene — Music to scene II ; [ 4. Szene — Music to scene III ; [ 5. Instruments: Tutti Clarinet and Cornet in A with rhythmically scanning speech.
La musique Batterie continue. Andauernde Musik Schlagwerk. Die Szenerie gibt das Ufer eines. Baches wieder.
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Der Soldat tritt auf. The music Batterie. The scene shows the banks of a stream. Enter the Soldier. Die Geige ist total verstimmt. Instruments: Tutti Clarinet and Cornet in B.