Seth Carlin in concert Oct. 26

Nicolas del Grazia and Jooyeon Kong join acclaimed pianist in faculty recital at 560 Music Center

Seth Carlin

The old man offers the soldier a tempting trade: surrender your fiddle and reap treasure untold. But the old man — with his promises and butterfly net — is not what he appears. The old man is the devil himself.

Jooyeon Kong

So begins “L’Histoire du Soldat” (1918), Igor Stravinsky’s reimagining of the Russian folk tale “The Deserter and the Devil.”

At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, pianist Seth Carlin, clarinetist Nicolas del Grazia and violinist Jooyeon Kong will perform experts from “L’Histoire du Soldat” — as well as works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann and Sergey Prokofiev — in Washington University in St. Louis’ E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall.

The performance is free and open to the public. The E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall is located in the 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave.

The program will open with preludes and fugues from Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” (1722), followed by selections from Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze” (“Dances of the Society of David”). Written in 1837, as Schumann was contemplating marriage, the piece begins with a short quotation from the work of his fiancée, the pianist and composer Clara Wieck.

Nicolas del Grazia

After intermission, the program will feature two works by Russian composers, both completed during World War I. Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 3 premiered in 1917 but is based on sketches begun a decade earlier, when the composer was a student at conservatory.

Concluding the evening will be four pieces from Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat”: “Marche du Soldat,” “Le violon du Soldat,” “Petit Concert” and “Tango-Valse-Rag.”

Carlin is professor of music and head of the piano program in the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences. Del Grazia is assistant professor at Arkansas Tech University. Jooyeon Kong is second violin with the St. Louis Symphony.

For more information, call 314-935-5566 or email