Peter and the Wolf [Opening lines]
File name: 09_03_000042
Title: Peter and the Wolf [Opening lines]
Creator/Contributor: Serge Prokofieff (1891-1953), composer; Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951), conductor
Date created: 1938
Physical description: autograph music score
Summary: This autographed manuscript score of Peter and the Wolf belonged to Serge Koussevitzky, conductor of the 1938 United States premiere at Symphony Hall. Koussevitzky served as music director and conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 to 1949 and was instrumental in establishing the ensemble's reputation as a leading American orchestra and developing the Tanglewood summer concert series.
This score includes handwritten notes and a taped scrap of paper with opening line of the narration: “Early one morning Peter opened the gate and went out on a big green Meadow.” Faint pencil edits have modified the narrative to read: “into the big green Meadow.” The Boston Public Library is home to an important collection of Koussevitzky’s scores, monographs, scrapbooks, and other items, donated by his wife Olga in 1974.
Location: Boston Public Library, Music Department
Rights: All rights reserved.