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Peter and the Wolf [Front cover]

File name: 09_03_000041


Title: Peter and the Wolf [Front cover]


Creator/Contributor: Serge Prokofieff (1891-1953), composer; Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951), conductor




Date created: 1938


Physical description: autograph music score


Summary: In 1936, Russian composer Serge Prokofieff was commissioned to write a new musical symphony for children. His intent was to cultivate an early taste for music in young people, and Peter and the Wolf was first performed in Moscow in May that year.


Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy who ventures out into the meadow to catch a dangerous wolf, against his grandfather’s strict orders. The wolf is also chased by the village’s best hunters but brave Peter, with the help of animal friends, catches the wolf using only a lasso and becomes the hero of his village. Accompanied by an orchestra, the story is spoken by a narrator and each character is represented by a different instrument: Peter (strings), Grandfather (bassoon), Bird (flute), Duck (oboe), Cat (clarinet), Wolf (horn), and Hunters (woodwinds).


Location: Boston Public Library, Music Department


Rights: All rights reserved.


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Taken on October 9, 2009